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Assembly Human Services Committee to Hold Special Hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson to Address Opiate Addiction Crisis

The Assembly Human Services Committee will hold a special off-site hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday to hear testimony on ways in which the state’s opioid addiction prevention efforts can be strengthened and its treatment services enhanced.

The hearing will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 28, in room DH4468 of Dickinson Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ. The hearing will also be streamed live online here.

The committee will also consider the following bills, which are part of a larger 20-bill package that was unveiled in September to address the growing opioid crisis in New Jersey:

A-3716 (Vainieri Huttle/Sumter/Mukherji) – Requires Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to annually prepare, and make available to the public, a substance abuse treatment provider performance report.

A-3721 (Vainieri Huttle/Mukherji) -Establishes pilot program for Medicaid enrollment, by screening and enrolling eligible incarcerated defendants awaiting court hearing on bail; requires enrollment opportunity for eligible defendants prior to admission to certain court supervised rehabilitative programs.

A-3722 (Vainieri Huttle/Sumter/Mukherji/Angelini) – Requires DHS and DOC to share regulatory authority in regard to prison-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

AJR-66 (Pinkin/Johnson/Auth/Mukherji) – Designates October of each year as “Opioid Abuse Prevention Month.”