We had a large group of over 20 advocates meeting with members of the House and Government Operations Committee (see pictures from the event at the end of this email), while a smaller group met with the Education Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.
SOME IMMEDIATE RESULTS FROM THE RALLY
- TV coverage by WBAL TV - Lawmakers Tackle Maryland's Heroin Crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- The Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun ran this article:
news/for_the_record/ph-ac-cn- heroin-legislation-0205- 20170204-story.html
- And most exciting, after our visit with his staff, Delegate Nicholaus Kipke introduced a bill to ensure that State funding cannot be denied to ABRT Recovery Residences who choose not to admit Medication-Assisted Treatment clients to their program. See House Bill 785.
We would like to thank Delegate Seth Howard and his staff for reserving the Anne Arundel County Delegation Room for our legislative presentation.
We would like to thank Bracebridge Recovery Center for providing a very yummy spread for our breakfast reception. It was awesome!
We would like to thank Narconon Maryland for making sure that all of our legislative briefs were printed and in professional-looking green folders with our logo and info imprinted on a label on the front.
We would like to thank Recovery Partners Montgomery for renting a bus and bringing lunches for the advocates who were busy talking to their legislators.
All in all, it was a very motivating and inspirational day, and we met lots of new friends. Thanks to members of F.A.C.E. affiliates for participating --driving from far away places to attend (in alphabetical order): Heroin Action Coalition, Phoenix Rising, Project Hope, Recovery Partners Montgomery, S.O.U.L. Moms, The Addict's Mom, Voices of Hope for Cecil County, Worcester Warriors, and any others who were represented.
We will keep you posted as to the hearing dates for the bills that we were advocating for and hope to see everyone at the hearings to testify in support.
Director, Heroin Action Coalition
Member of F.A.C.E. Addiction Maryland