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Officials Address Substance Abuse Treatment
A number of different events and initiatives occurred last month to improve substance abuse treatment.
One event was a public hearing to educate the public about the stigmatization of addiction treatment and the benefits of naloxone to reverse drug overdoses.
Gov. Tom Wolf also signed a number of bills into law, including a welfare reform bill that was criticized for potentially limiting access to welfare benefits and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for women and persons convicted of a drug-related crime. However, Wolf only signed it when he saw amendments had been inserted to make sure requirements were in line with federal law.
Gov. Wolf also announced that a grant will help people suffering from opioid use disorders find temporary housing. In addition, state government officials and major healthcare insurers reached an agreement to realign prior-authorization in order to help patients access MAT resources