Legislative Document No. 1466 H.P. 1073 House of Representatives, April 2, 2019
An Act To Allow Community-based Organizations To Participate in Diversion Projects for Persons with Substance Use Disorder
Reference to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety suggested and ordered printed.
ROBERT B. HUNT Clerk
Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland.
Printed on recycled paper 1 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
2 Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §5101, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2017, c. 407, Pt. A, §104, is 3 further amended to read:
4 1. Substance Use Disorder Assistance Program. The Substance Use Disorder 5 Assistance Program, referred to in this chapter as "the program," is established to support 6 persons with presumed substance use disorder by providing grants to municipalities and, 7 counties and community-based organizations to carry out projects designed to reduce 8 substance use, substance use-related crimes and recidivism. As used in this chapter, 9 "community-based organization" means a nonprofit community organization that 10 provides substance use disorder services to individuals, including, without limitation, 11 substance use assessment, treatment, education and support group service.
12 Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §5101, sub-§2, ¶A, as amended by PL 2017, c. 407, Pt. A, 13 §104, is further amended to read: 14 A. Municipal or county governments or, regional jails or community-based 15 organizations for projects designed to assist persons with presumed substance use 16 disorder by diverting alleged low-level offenders into community-based treatment 17 and support services. Projects may include, but are not limited to: 18 (1) Referral of program participants to evidence-based treatment programs, 19 including medically assisted treatment; and 20 (2) Provision of case management services to program participants in order to 21 secure appropriate treatment and support services such as housing, health care, 22 job training and mental health services for program participants; and 23 Sec. 3. 25 MRSA §5101, sub-§3, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 481, Pt. E, §1, is 24 amended to read: 25 C. For diversion projects, a statement of the municipality's or, county's or 26 community-based organization's diversion policy, including criteria for selecting 27 participants for the project; 28 Sec. 4. 25 MRSA §5101, sub-§3, ¶D, as amended by PL 2017, c. 407, Pt. A, 29 §104, is further amended to read: 30 D. A review of other substance use disorder services available from a 31 community-based organization or in the applicant municipality or county and 32 communities adjacent to the applicant municipality or county and a statement of the 33 unmet needs to be addressed by the project; 34 Sec. 5. 25 MRSA §5101, sub-§§4 and 5, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 481, Pt. E, 35 §1, are amended to read:
36 4. Selection of grant recipients; steering committee. The Commissioner of Public 37 Safety shall review applications submitted by municipalities and, counties and 38 community-based organizations for grants under this chapter. Preference must be given 39 to collaborative approaches that include treatment providers or community-based
Page 1 - 129LR0462(01)-1 1 organizations. The following steering committee shall advise the Commissioner of 2 Public Safety in selecting grant recipients. The steering committee consists of the 3 Commissioner of Corrections or the commissioner's designee and representatives of the 4 following organizations, programs and associations selected by the Commissioner of 5 Public Safety from suggestions provided by the organizations, programs and associations: 6 a statewide organization of police chiefs; a statewide organization of sheriffs; a statewide 7 organization representing physicians; a statewide organization representing prosecutors; a 8 statewide organization representing providers of legal services for the indigent; peer 9 recovery programs; and harm reduction associations.
10 5. Administration of funds. The policy board established in this State to carry out 11 the State's responsibilities under the federal Justice Assistance Act of 1984, the federal 12 Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, the federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and the federal 13 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, known as "the Justice 14 Assistance Council," shall administer grant funds appropriated for use under this chapter 15 and disburse the funds to municipalities, counties and, regional jails and 16 community-based organizations selected under subsection 4. The department may retain 17 up to 5% of funds to cover administrative expenses.
18 SUMMARY 19 This bill amends the Substance Use Disorder Assistance Program, which is a program 20 that provides grants to municipalities, counties and regional jails to carry out projects 21 designed to reduce substance use, substance use-related crimes and recidivism, to include 22 community-based organizations as entities eligible for grants under the program. 23 "Community-based organization" is defined as a nonprofit community organization that 24 provides substance use disorder services to individuals, including, without limitation, 25 substance use assessment, treatment, education or support group service.
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