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OUR 2022 PRIORITIES

HB110 - Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) Pilot (Rep. Ford, Rep. Cassidy). Provides a pathway for the regulation, licensure, and piloting of an OPS in target areas. Establishes an advisory committee to advise the Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery on the rules, regulations, and development of Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS). 

HB 3447 – Reducing Barriers to Recovery (Rep. Ammons, Sen. Bush). Reclassifies the penalty for possession of small amounts of drugs from a felony to a Class A misdemeanor; creates a framework for a voluntary misdemeanor diversion program; and allows for expungement and retroactive resentencing for people with past drug convictions.

HB 4408Naloxone No Co-Pay (Rep. Conroy). Prohibits individual or group accident and health insurance policies that provide coverage for naloxone hydrochloride from imposing a copayment on the coverage provided. Prohibits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services from imposing a copayment on naloxone hydrochloride under the medical assistance program.

HB 4238Rebuild Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce (Rep. Harris). Includes $130M in new funding for community mental health services, and $41M in new funding for substance use services to modernize community-based, outpatient Medicaid funding to retain and recruit behavioral health staff. Establishes add-on payments for community mental health services.

HB 4264 - Getting to Zero Illinois Omnibus (Rep. Harris). In line with the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2030, HB4264 makes a $15M investment in critical HIV treatment, testing, and prevention services, centering racial equity and four target communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic.

HB 4430/SB3290 - Pharmacists Prescribing PrEP & PEP (Rep. Cassidy, Sen. Simmons). Allows pharmacists to prescribe, dispense, and administer HIV prevention drugs — including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at risk and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people who may have been recently exposed to HIV — without a prescription from a provider.

 
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RECENT WINS IN ILLINOIS

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RESOURCE LIBRARY

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