Indiana lawmakers passed a bill to expand the number of opioid treatment centers in the state. It adds nine centers that will be located at existing hospitals. Each will need approval from the state.
Rep. Cindy Kirchhoffer (R-Beech Grove) authored the legislation to improve access to addiction treatment – especially for people in rural areas.
"Ensuring those struggling with opioid addiction have every opportunity to begin the recovery process, no matter where they live is crucial," says Kirchhoffer.
Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction will approve the treatment center locations.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement, he plans to sign the legislation.
“I commend lawmakers for advancing this legislation that ensures nearly all Hoosiers can find the help they need within an hour’s drive from their homes,” says Holcomb.
Indiana currently has 18 opioid treatment options and this increases that number to 27.