Put treatment first with the Treatment and Recovery Act.
The Treatment and Recovery Act would:
- Expand access to solutions that work. Increase by nearly 30% ($125 million) state funding for substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs from existing marijuana tax revenues. Remove health insurance barriers, since Medicaid and private insurance currently don’t cover treatment and recovery services while people are incarcerated.
- Use public health-based approaches first, instead of arrest and prosecution. Reclassify personal use drug offenses from crimes to a civil infraction and connect people with the right services to address the root causes of their substance use disorder, helping them get back on track. Give people caught possessing personal use amounts of drugs a civil infraction and connect them to treatment via a mandatory service assessment. If the person attends the assessment within 72 hours, the civil infraction will be waived. Existing criminal penalties for selling or manufacturing illegal drugs remain in place.
- Enhance public health education about substance use disorder. Direct $10 million annually to a statewide education campaign about substance use and how people can get help for themselves or loved ones, through grants to local health departments.