Demmer bill to modernize substance abuse treatment statute signed by Governor


Legislation sponsored by State Representative Tom Demmer was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday in an effort to modernize the enabling statute that guides how the state provides substance use disorder treatment services for its citizens. 

“House Bill 4795 provides a more efficient and focused foundation for substance abuse disorder treatment delivery in Illinois,” said Rep. Demmer following the bill signing.  “As we continue to combat the opioid epidemic and related issues, the changes contained in this legislation will provide better outcomes and a more complete and flexible continuum of care for those in need.”

These changes bring the Act into the 21st century by eliminating all stigmatizing references, definitions, and mandates to better reflect contemporary standards and updates the lexicon and terminology to reflect current scientific evidence-based practices.  These amendments provide a more cohesive link between statute and policy.  The bill also updates licensure requirements to codify policy practices, provides crystalized definitions of recovery support, streamlines advisory bodies, makes clarifications between service types, and modernizes justice-involved practices. 

House Bill 4795 was signed into law by Governor Rauner as Public Act 100-759 on Friday, August 10th by Governor Bruce Rauner.

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