Gusciora, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bill to Better Inform Public about Available Substance Abuse Treatment Services Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Annette Quijano to make information about the availability of substance abuse treatment services in the state more accessible to residents.
"Admitting that you need help is the first step towards recovery. We should make it easier for individuals who are battling with substance abuse and are ready to make a change to find the services they need," said Gusciora (D- Mercer/Hunterdon). "This bill would help facilitate that by having one central location where an individual can go to find the most suitable treatment facility for them."
The bill (A-226) would require each licensed residential or outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in the state to provide the health department in the county where it is located with certain information about the availability of services at the facility, on an estimated average basis.
Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Sumter Bill to Improve Delivery of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services in Prison Now Law
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to address prison-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in order to improve long-term outcomes for the incarcerated has been signed into law.
The law (A-3722), sponsored by Vainieri Huttle, Sumter and Mukherji, requires the commissioners of Human Services and Corrections to formulate a plan to provide adequate and appropriate mental health and substance use disorder services to inmates in all state-owned, operated or contracted correctional facilities.
"Addiction and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand with incarceration," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "You can't treat these underlying health issues with incarceration alone. This law will help more inmates get the services they need to stay on the right path after release."
"Without treatment for their underlying problems, these individuals will continuously be subjected to a vicious cycle of recidivism with little hope for reclaiming or improving their lives," Mukherji (D-Hudson). "This helps ensure they receive the treatment they need to break the cycle."