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HB20-1017:Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB20-1017
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: C. Kennedy/ L. Herod /K. Priola /K. Donovan

Description:

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee.
The bill requires the department of corrections, local jails,
multijurisdictional jails, municipal jails, and state department of human
services facilities to make available at least one opioid agonist and one
opioid antagonist to a person in custody with an opioid use disorder
throughout the duration of the person’s incarceration or commitment.
The bill allows a person to dispose of any controlled substances at
a safe station and request assistance in gaining access to treatment for a
substance use disorder. The bill defines a safe station as any municipal
police station; county sheriff’s office; or municipal, county, or fire
protection district fire station.
The bill requires the department of corrections and jails to ensure
that continuity of care is provided to inmates prior to release.
The bill requires the executive director of the department of
corrections, in consultation with the offices of behavioral health and
economic security in the department of human services, the department
of health care policy and financing, the department of local affairs, and
local service providers to develop resources for inmates post-release that
provide information to help prepare inmates for release and reintegration
into their communities.
If a person who is the subject of a petition to seal criminal records
has entered into or successfully completed a licensed substance use
disorder treatment program, the court is required to consider such factor
favorably in determining whether to issue the order.
The bill allows the office of behavioral health in the department of
human services to contract with cities and counties for the creation,
maintenance, or expansion of criminal justice diversion programs. The
bill requires the department of human services to include an update
regarding the current status of funding and implementation of the criminal
justice diversion programs in its annual SMART presentation.
The bill appropriates money to the office of behavioral health in
the department of human services for criminal justice diversion programs.


Current Status:

House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/12/20)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations (01/08/2020)



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