HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4622        FILED ON: 2/28/2018

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carole A. Fiola

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying resolve:

Resolve An Act to create a commission to research current logistical issues related to outpatient methadone centers and identify alternatives to the distribution of outpatient methadone treatment.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

2/22/2018

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

2/28/2018

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

3/1/2018

Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth

3/6/2018

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

3/6/2018

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

2/28/2018

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

3/2/2018

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

3/1/2018

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

3/2/2018

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

3/5/2018

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

3/2/2018

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

2/28/2018

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

3/2/2018

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

3/2/2018

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

3/2/2018

Andres X. Vargas

3rd Essex

3/6/2018

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

3/7/2018

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

3/6/2018

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

3/6/2018

Shaunna L. O'Connell

3rd Bristol

3/6/2018

Juana B. Matias

16th Essex

3/6/2018

Carlos González

10th Hampden

3/6/2018

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

3/6/2018

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

3/6/2018

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

3/6/2018

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

3/7/2018

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

3/8/2018

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

2/28/2018

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

3/8/2018

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

3/6/2018

Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex

3/9/2018

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

3/9/2018

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

3/12/2018

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

3/9/2018

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

3/9/2018

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

3/12/2018

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

3/12/2018

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

3/9/2018

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4622        FILED ON: 2/28/2018

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4337

By Ms. Fiola of Fall River, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Carole A. Fiola and others for legislation to establish a special commission to research current logistical issues related to outpatient methadone centers and to identify alternatives to the distribution of outpatient methadone treatment.  Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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Resolve An Act to create a commission to research current logistical issues related to outpatient methadone centers and identify alternatives to the distribution of outpatient methadone treatment.

 

Resolved, Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, there shall be a special commission established to research current logistical issues related to outpatient methadone centers and to identify alternatives to the distribution of outpatient methadone treatment.

The commission shall consist of 9 members: 1 of whom shall be the commissioner of public health or the commissioner’s designee; 1 of whom shall be a member Massachusetts chain pharmacy council; 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts independent pharmacists association; 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts medical society; 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts hospital association;  1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts organization for addiction recovery; 1 of whom shall be a member of the Massachusetts league of community health centers; 1 person appointed by the speaker of the house who shall be a member of the public actively involved in the recovery community; 1 person appointed by the senate president who shall be a member of the public actively involved in the recovery community;

The research shall include, but not be limited to:

(a)     evaluating the methods currently used to distribute methadone;

(b)     evaluating the possibility of administering methadone treatment in a pharmacy setting

(c)     research methods to destigmatize methadone treatment with the general public; and

(d)     the impact on housing, counseling, support and public safety in communities that have outpatient methadone centers

The commission shall file the findings of its study by December 31, 2019, with the clerks of the house and the senate, who shall forward the report to the chairmen of the house committee on ways and means, the senate committee on ways and means, the joint committee on the public health, and the joint committee on mental health, substance use, and recovery.