Expanding Upon the HOPE Agenda

Plans for the Future

Next session, we plan to continue building upon the HOPE Agenda to expand access to treatment, further increase access to opioid antagonists like Narcan, and expand upon the 911 Good Samaritan law, among other things. The following is a list of possible legislative ideas for the 2017-18 session:

  • Expanding treatment options, including increasing access to both medical assisted and non-medical assisted treatment opportunities
  • Changes to Chapter 51 - Alcohol, drug abuse, developmental disabilities & mental health act
  • Expanding the 911 Good Samaritan Law to potentially give limited immunity to the person experiencing an overdose
  •  Further expanding access to naloxone (Narcan) in order for more lives to be saved in the event of an opioid overdose
  • Gathering data on coroners' overdose records to help guide decision-making regarding the HOPE Agenda in the future and diversion
  • Beginning discussions with insurance providers to address access to treatment issue