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New law: Jennifer Act Passes in Indiana
Involuntary Treatment Provision Still to Come
The Jennifer Act previously known as HB 1448 passed in April and became effective in the state of Indiana on July 1, 2015. Indiana Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, a member of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, introduced the bill for its passage in the 2015 legislative session.
This new law was initiated by Sharon Blair in memory of her daughter Jennifer Reynolds who died in 2009 at the age of 29 from a prescription overdose.
House Bill 1448, The Jennifer Act, provides Medicaid coverage for inpatient, addiction-related hospital services and will allow physicians to use Medicaid to offer treatment services, including Methadone.
The law also provides inpatient substance abuse and detoxification services and education programs for judges, public defenders and lawmakers. While Medicaid currently covers in-patient detoxification, it is done by rule rather than state law. The Jennifer Act will guarantee that Indiana Medicaid will continue to cover these services.
Sharon’s 2015 “victory” is a stepping stone to her ultimate goal of reworking the state’s involuntary commitment law. An involuntary treatment act, such as Casey’s Law in KY, remains unavailable in Indiana.
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