Bill to attack Kentucky’s opioid crisis through better treatment passes House
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would attack the state’s opioid crisis through better state substance use disorder treatment and recovery program standards.
Subject to available funding, House Bill 124 would require better standards for substance use disorder treatment and recovery after state review of the current standards as well as enhanced licensure.
According to the bill, the improved standards would cover residential, outpatient and medication assisted treatment services.
The bill is sponsored by House Health and Family Services Committee Chair Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, and R-Taylor Mill.
Wuchner said she has visited state treatment and recovery center and while they don’t all need to be the same, there should be more consistency with program components.
Last week, the Senate amended the bill on a 36-0 vote to include FDA-approved MAT treatment for inmates who are opioid-dependent or have other substance abuse disorders.
HB 124 received final passage in the House Wednesday with a vote of 93-0.
The bill was initially passed in the House on an 85-2 vote in January.