We applaud both the House of Representatives and the Senate for drafting and passing the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, designed to curb a growing national opioid crisis, which claimed more than 70,000 American lives last year. As a front-lines provider of evidence-based behavioral health services, we at Centerstone see the vast opportunities this bill affords in increasing access to lifesaving care and improving the quality of addiction treatment. This comprehensive legislation will expand access to evidence-based addictions services through additional 21st Century Cures funding, will lead to the development of clinical excellence standards for addiction treatment through new grants to establish first-of-its-kind Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers, and will make available resources to help individuals in recovery transition back into the workforce. We now look forward to the President signing the SUPPORT Act so that we can continue our on-the-ground work of expanding access to evidence-based, lifesaving care.” – Dr. Richard C. Shelton, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Research Institute
April 11, 2019
Dozens of bills produced by the House of Representatives recently became Centerstone’s top priorities. Among them, the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act) (H.R.5795) is the most controversial and hotly contested among lawmakers and stakeholders. These bills and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S 1012) in the Senate – ensure that medical ...
February 21, 2019
Following a rough-and-tumble start to the 116th Congress, policies that could positively impact Centerstone are once again being introduced. Congress passed sweeping opioid legislation entitled the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act last year, but omitted a couple of our priorities from the final law. Background Recently, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate both reintroduced ...
January 30, 2019
The Indiana State Senate Committee on Health & Provider Services recently held a hearing on Senate Bill 33 to establish certification and a grant program for comprehensive addiction recovery centers to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). ...
November 9, 2018
We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960s as a result of overdoses and suicides. This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities, and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70% of employers reported their business had been affected by ...
September 14, 2018
The U.S. Senate is now scheduled to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 on Monday, September 17. Upon anticipated passage, leaders in the House and Senate are expected to quickly reconcile differences between the two chambers’ bills. While the existing legislation represents critical steps in addressing the opioid and drug epidemic that ...