An Act Regarding Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers


This policy provides states the tools they need to establish addiction recovery centers for the purpose of lowering the rate of addiction and the number of crimes fueled by addiction.

An Act Regarding Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers

Sec. 1. The relevant state agency shall establish:

(1) a comprehensive addiction recovery center certification for eligible entities that meet the requirements of this chapter; and

(2) a comprehensive addiction recovery center grant program for the purpose of assisting in the establishment or operation of comprehensive addiction recovery centers.

Sec. 2. (a) The division may award a grant in accordance with this chapter to an eligible entity or group of entities working in cooperation to establish or operate a comprehensive addiction recovery center. In order for an entity to be certified as a comprehensive addiction recovery center and be eligible for a grant under this chapter, the entity must apply for the certification or grant in the manner set forth by the division and meet the following requirements:

(1) Be credentialed to accept reimbursement through all of the following:

(A) A policy of accident and sickness insurance (as defined by state law)

(B) A contract with a health maintenance organization (as defined by state law)

(C) The Medicaid program (as defined by state law)

(D) Mental health and addiction forensic treatment services (as defined by state law).

(2) Determine that the applicant carries out or is capable of coordinating with other entities to carry out the following:

(A) Community outreach as follows:

(i) Train and supervise outreach staff to work with schools, workplaces, faith- based organizations, the state department of health, local health departments, law enforcement, and first responders to ensure awareness of the center’s services.

(ii) Disseminate and make available online evidence-based resources that educate professionals and the public on opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.

(B) Treatment and recovery services as follows:

(i) Intake evaluation that determines the clinical needs of patients.

(ii) Full continuum of treatment services including all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medication assisted treatment, including withdrawal management, detoxification, and maintenance of substance use disorders.

(iii) Treatment services include either partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient, at least one (1) level of residential care, at least one (1) level of inpatient or acute hospitalization, peer support services, and outpatient services, including medication management and behavioral therapies, recovery residences, and other services as defined by the division.

(iv) Administration of an onsite pharmacy and provision of toxicology services.

(C) Establishment and operation of a secure and confidential electronic health information system that is capable of measuring recovery outcomes, including measures of: (i) housing and employment; and (ii) any other measures determined by the division.

(D) Partnering with community or faith-based entities to offer family support services, including child-care, family counseling, and other services as defined by the division.

(E) Partnering with entities to deliver job training and workforce readiness services.

(3) Use the grant funds to establish or operate a comprehensive addiction recovery center.

(b) The division shall give priority to applications by eligible entities that:

(1) are geographically distributed around the state;

(2) meet other criteria or need, as determined by the division.

(c) The division may award at least three (3) grants under this chapter.

Sec. 3. (a) On a particular date (to be set by this legislation), each entity that is awarded a grant under this chapter to establish or operate a comprehensive addiction recovery center must submit to the division the following data:

(1) The programs and activities funded by the grant.

(2) The health outcomes, including recovery measures concerning housing and employment, of individuals with a substance use disorder who received services from the center.

(3) The effectiveness of interventions designed, tested, and evaluated by the center.

(4) Any other information required by the division to:

(A) evaluate the effectiveness of the center; and

(B) ensure that the center is complying with all of the requirements of the grant, including providing: (i) the full continuum of services described in section 2(a) of this chapter; and (ii) the drugs and devices for overdose reversal.

(b) Any data submitted under this section that identifies any patient information of a comprehensive addiction recovery center is confidential. However, the outcomes data may be released to any board, commission, department, division, bureau, committee, agency, office, instrumentality, or authority, by whatever name designated, exercising any part of the executive, administrative, judicial, or legislative power of the state.

Sec. 4. (a) The comprehensive addiction recovery center fund is established for the purpose of carrying out this chapter. The fund shall be administered by the division. The expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from money in the fund.

(b) The fund shall consist of the following:

(1) Money appropriated to the fund by the general assembly.

(2) Money received from state or federal grants or programs.

(3) Donations, gifts, and money received from any other source.

(c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public money may be invested. Interest that accrues from these investments shall be deposited in the fund.

(d) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.

(e) Expenditures from the fund may not be made unless the expenditure is approved by the executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement.