Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini improving the quality of mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates was approved by the Assembly Human Services committee today. Angelini’s bill (A-3722) requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to share the authority over prison-based treatment centers.
“Mental health issues and drugs are huge contributors to violence and crime in our neighborhoods,” said Angelini, the Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader. “Inmates suffering from addiction or mental health issues will eventually serve their time and return to society. Better treatment can help prepare them for a crime-free life and make our streets safer.”
By establishing interagency oversight in the prisons, the measure ensures that treatment standards and protocols are consistent so when prisoners get out, their treatment can continue on the same path, said Angelini, R – Monmouth.
During the meeting, held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the committee heard from invited experts on opioid addiction.