Governor Holcomb’s Agenda
Governor Eric J. Holcomb made attacking the drug epidemic one of the five pillars on his agenda. His first action in office was to create a position to tackle the drug crisis, appointing Jim McClelland as Indiana’s first Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, which is a cabinet position that reports directly to Governor Holcomb. Executive Director McClelland is carrying out the strategic approach he formulated after months of listening to the concerns of the community and researching best practices to overcome the crisis in Indiana.
2017 General Assembly Legislation
Establishes a pilot project to pay for OB/GYN doctors to be trained in prescribing drugs such as buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment.
Limits prescriptions to first-time patients and children. Provides an option for patients to accept less pills than prescribed.
Sets up a pilot project to provide opioid treatment to pregnant women and mothers of newborns at three locations in Indiana: Indianapolis, Winchester and southern Indiana.
Creates a plan by 2018 to house and treat homeless Hoosiers who have a drug addiction, mental illness or combination of the two.
Supplies the framework for mobile treatment units to expand care in underserved parts of the state.
Develops a plan by January 1, 2018 to increase the number of inpatient and residential beds for detox and drug treatment in Indiana.
Allows municipalities to establish the syringe exchange programs without state approval.
Provides that Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a residential substance abuse pilot program.
Requires prescribers to indicate when a patient has entered into a pain management agreement.
Audits the amount of money being spent to integrate INSPECT with electronic health record systems and asks a committee to study improvements to INSPECT.
Establishes a three year opioid treatment pilot program (pilot program) for opioid abuse disorder in Tippecanoe, Marion, and Wayne counties.
Ensures residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction are certified and meet standards determined by the division of mental health and addiction.
Cures Act provides Indiana with federal funding.
The 21st Century Cures Act provides Indiana with $10.9 million in funding. Health and Human Services prioritized five specific strategies to combat the ongoing opioid crisis: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research.