Maine LD 524: An Act To Start a Pilot Program for Medical Substitution Treatment in a Local Community Setting

LD 524 (subjects: SUBSTANCE ABUSE , TREATMENT )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=524&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Penobscot: (D – District 9) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 Senate Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/26/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate Reports READ Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin moved to Accept the Minority Ought Not To Pass Report On motion by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending Motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin to Accept the Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report
6/10/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/11/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
Subsequently, On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin The Minority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 209 18 Yeas – 15 Nays- 2 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/12/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GATTINE of Westbrook, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 224
(Yeas 81 – Nays 61 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-203) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-203).
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/15/2015 Senate On motion by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED TO ACCEPTANCE OF THE MAJORITY OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED REPORT AND PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-203) , in concurrence. Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 220 19 Yeas – 16 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
6/15/2015 House FINALLY PASSED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/16/2015 Senate FINALLY PASSED, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate LD 524 In Senate, June 30, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 18 In Favor and 17 Against, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 524 as originally introduced. L.D. 524 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-203) .

An Act To Start a Pilot Program for Medical Substitution Treatment in a Local Community Setting

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 5 MRSA 20010 is enacted to read:

20010. Methadone treatment

The department shall take the following steps to reduce the cost of and increase access to methadone treatment.

1. Licensing. The department shall license as a methadone treatment clinic a federally qualified health center or other health care provider or medical practice that applies for licensure and meets all state and federal requirements for methadone treatment clinics.
2. Treatment location. The department shall work with licensed methadone treatment clinics to facilitate distribution of and access to services across the State by:

A. Establishing a pilot location for medication-assisted treatment of narcotic addiction using methadone, or other pharmacologic agents providing similar benefits, in a rural area at least 30 miles from any currently licensed methadone treatment clinic;
B. Exploring the use of physicians’ offices or other facilities focused on the delivery of health care as potential satellite methadone treatment sites;
C. Exploring the use of mobile methadone treatment facilities; and
D. Using funds saved by reductions in MaineCare transportation costs due to new treatment locations to improve access to methadone treatment in rural areas of the State.

The department shall work with other agencies and organizations to develop job, vocational and career opportunities for those receiving treatment in their local communities.

3. Rules. The department shall adopt rules to implement this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 2. Rules. The Department of Health and Human Services shall amend the rules for licensed methadone treatment clinics to eliminate the requirement that the centers be open for administration of methadone treatment on Sundays. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. The department shall work with current clinics, potential licensees, federal parties and other stakeholder groups to address barriers to providing this service that exist in rules and policies at local, state and national levels.

SUMMARY

This bill proposes to decrease the cost of and increase access to substance abuse treatment services by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the number of federally qualified health centers that provide methadone treatment services, to establish a pilot clinic location in a rural area at least 30 miles from any currently licensed methadone treatment clinic and to work to facilitate access to services and distribution of services across the State. The bill requires the department to amend the methadone clinic rules to eliminate the requirement that the centers be open for administration of methadone treatment on Sundays. The bill designates the rules as routine technical rules. The department is required to work with stakeholders to address current rules and policies that act as barriers to achieve the intent of this legislation.

Patterns of Support

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