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Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System

Concerning treatment of individuals with substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2020 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee. The bill requires the department of corrections, local jails, multijurisdictional jails, municipal jails, and state department of human services facilities to make available at least one opioid agonist and one opioid antagonist to a person in custody with an opioid use disorder throughout the duration of the person's incarceration or commitment.

The bill allows a person to dispose of any controlled substances at a safe station and request assistance in gaining access to treatment for a substance use disorder. The bill defines a "safe station" as any municipal police station; county sheriff's office; or municipal, county, or fire protection district fire station.

The bill requires the department of corrections and jails to ensure that continuity of care is provided to inmates prior to release.

The bill requires the executive director of the department of corrections, in consultation with the offices of behavioral health and economic security in the department of human services, the department of health care policy and financing, the department of local affairs, and local service providers to develop resources for inmates post-release that provide information to help prepare inmates for release and reintegration into their communities.

If a person who is the subject of a petition to seal criminal records has entered into or successfully completed a licensed substance use disorder treatment program, the court is required to consider such factor favorably in determining whether to issue the order.

The bill allows the office of behavioral health in the department of human services to contract with cities and counties for the creation, maintenance, or expansion of criminal justice diversion programs. The bill requires the department of human services to include an update regarding the current status of funding and implementation of the criminal justice diversion programs in its annual SMART presentation.

The bill appropriates money to the office of behavioral health in the department of human services for criminal justice diversion programs.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Under Consideration


Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. L. Herod, Rep. C. Kennedy
Sen. K. Donovan, Sen. K. Priola


Sen. B. Pettersen


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