House Republicans to Hold Press Conference on H.B. 5449: An Act Requiring Expansion of the CRISIS Initiative PILOT Program Throughout the State

This article was published on: 03/6/20 11:10 PM by Mike Minarsky

HARTFORD – House Republicans, including House Republican Leader Rep. Themis Klarides, Public Safety and Security Committee Ranking Member Rep. J.P. SredzinskiRep. Brian Lanoue, and other members of the legislature will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 2A of the LOB to discuss a caucus initiative, H.B. 5449, An Act Requiring the Expansion of the CRISIS Initiative PILOT Program Throughout the State. The CRISIS Initiative is a collaborative effort between state and local law enforcement, mental health professionals, and local organizations to connect people battling addiction with treatment and rehabilitation centers.

Proponents of the legislation recognize that the best way to curtail the opioid crisis and save lives is by addressing the root causes of substance abuse, with an emphasis on recovery. While the illegal manufacturing, distribution, possession, and use of controlled substances will never be tolerated, CRISIS forms a partnership between law enforcement and mental health professionals to reduce the occurrence of overdoes in the state, as well as the rate of drug-related incarcerations, by helping people living with a serious mental health disorder gain access to the resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

The program has been successful in Troop E, which is why legislators from both sides of the aisle will be working together to expand this proven initiative to every corner of the state.

A public hearing of the Public Safety and Security Committee will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 2B on H.B. 5449. Representative Lanoue, fellow members of the General Assembly, and members of the public will be testifying in support of the legislation.

Press conference details:

When: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Beginning at 10:30 a.m.

 Where: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room 2A

300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

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