Strengthening state and local health departments, service providers, and communities to provide foundational protections such as substance use prevention, communicable disease control, and food safety
2017-2018 Policy Priorities
Public Health Protections in the Implementation of Recreational Marijuana
Legalized recreational marijuana was passed into law in Massachusetts in November 2016. Necessary public health protections are needed to address health and economic equity while also honoring the will of the voters.
Diversion to Treatment from Incarceration
Create a new pathway to treatment for court-involved individuals struggling with substance use disorders; require insurance companies to cover medically-necessary treatment and recovery services; and expand legal protections for people who seek help for someone at risk of overdose.
Bureau of Environmental Health Funding
The Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH), an agency dedicated to protecting MA residents from environmental hazards and illnesses, continues to be underfunded. Increased funding is needed for BEH to have adequate staff and technology for food protection, radiation control, and enforcement of sanitary codes in housing and public facilities.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment Funding
Opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in Massachusetts. Increased funding is needed to provide greater access to and availability of treatment, recovery and prevention services.