May 2, 2001
hMAADAC Website: http://www.- ma.org
hMAADAC Golf Fundraiser, July 23rd. Shaun Kelly in charge!
hMAADAC President will be Russell Viveiros, July 1st
hMAADAC Legislative Chair will be Tom Delaney, July 1st
hNAADAC enlists MA’s John Avery, as Government Relation Director. Great News!
hNAADAC Conference 2000----Portland, Oregon, May 23rd- 26th- Don’t miss it!
hNAADAC Conference 2001----Boston, MA RVP Mary Woods & Jim Gorske chair!
Treatment Center, Natick, MA
Full-time and Part-time Child and Youth Care Worker positions are available to work with children and adolescents in seven residences located within Metro-West
Benefits, Bonus Referral Program and Education Reimbursement. Program available.
Please contact: Marilyn Feldman, firstname.lastname@example.org – email, (781) 266-2112 x1027.
National Legislative Proposals:
Fairness In Treatment Act filed by Senators Wellstone, Daschle, Rep Ramstad!
Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and Congressman Jim Ramstad, (R-MN) were joined by Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and a bipartisan group of members in both chambers, to take important first steps to introduce legislation that would offer addiction treatment benefits in the same manner as all other medical and surgical conditions currently covered under private health plans. (Join Together Direct- March 25, 2001)
The postponed Public Health Council deliberation has not yet been rescheduled. The CORI outcome lies with Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
The Licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counselor regulation process calls for a Department of Public Health Council Hearing review. Pending outcome, two regional public hearings are scheduled.
MA Legislation Proposals:
H2191 An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors To
Receive Certain Insurance Payments, Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald and others
Insurance Committee Hearing held April 11th on H2191
Please know that all legislative proposals, (bills), must go through a State House committee hearing process. This bill went before The Insurance Committee.
Testimony was given. Now….it needs a favorable report before it can go to either the
House or Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Please Help: Ask your elected rep or senator for H2191 support and make it known to
Insurance Committee Chairs, Sen. Therese Murray and Rep. Ronald Mariano.
Send letters to The State House, Boston, MA 02133. Call legislators, 617-722-2000.
S763/H2544 An Act to Provide Equitable Coverage for Substance Abuse,
also, went before the Insurance Committee. It requires the same support as above.
Info: David Matteodo, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, 617-855-3520.
House Rejects BSAS Line Item Increase- Your Advocacy Needed for Senate
increase Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Line item 4512-0200- by $3 million
for 3 family treatment residences with childcare, expand transitional support
services and expand residential or recovery home services was rejected. Next step is the Senate. Your
calls to your senator are important. If
passed, the move goes to Conference
Committee between the House and Senate, which means the legislators agree to a
compromise. Effort developed by SA Budget Coalition. Call: MHSACM,
H3948, Expansion of Scope of Commonwealth’s Drug Treatment Program funded by
fines and forfeitures relative to Drug Offenses,(Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald). Expands drug treatment diversion under the 1981 Drug Dependent Persons Act. Judiciary Committee Hearing May 10th, Room 136, The State House. Chairs are Representative David Donnelly and Senator Robert Creedon. Please call: Rob Stewart, 617-330-8777.
S611 A Health Protection Fund- (Senator Marian Walsh) taxes alcohol, funds treatment- Taxation Committee Hearing, May 22nd, 10 AM, Gardner Auditorium.
Senator Walsh is Chair, as is Representative Paul Casey.
Removal of TANF and Food Stamp Disqualification for Persons with Drug
Felony Info: Call MA Law Reform Institute: 617-357-0700
MAADAC News Report is now becoming statewide. Your interests are important! Please call Linda Mullis (W MA) 413 –536-8200, Tom Crowley (Central) – 508-531-7552 or Jim Gorske 508-752-7313, Russ Viveiros (Northeast) 978-458-4544 ,
Joe Kelleher (East) 617-332-8118. What are your needs, concerns, and views?
All are invited to participate in MOAR Recovery Month Planning meetings---
Begin Wednesday, June 6th, 3:30 PM, Atrium II, Faulkner Hospital
Sincerely Yours- Maryanne Frangules- 617-298-1262