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Statement of Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Substance Abuse and Recovery Legislation

August 1, 2014

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Today, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed legislation that will change the way we address and treat substance abuse in Massachusetts.

Every day, I interact with families who have lost loved ones to addiction. Substance abuse does not discriminate – it impacts our family members, our neighbors, our friends.

Throughout my career and life, I have advocated for a more thoughtful and comprehensive drug treatment structure that acknowledges the complexities of addiction. The legislation passed today creates a continuum of care that addresses the various stages of the recovery process, and requires insurers to cover treatment services delivered by licensed alcohol and drug counselors – a key provision in a bill that I was proud to file myself in the Legislature years ago.

I sincerely thank my partners in the Massachusetts Legislature for their leadership on an issue that is close to my heart and I urge Governor Patrick to sign this into law.