Sen. Rosen Seeks to Expand Peer-Related Support Services

Contact:
Krysta West
Communications Director
Senate Republican Office
(207) 287-1505
krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA – Senator Kimberley Rosen (R-Hancock) has submitted, “An Act To Expand Recovery Support Services Offered in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties To Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those Affected by Substance Use Disorder by Designating a Regional Peer Supported Recovery Center.” This bill, modeled after Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN), would ensure that residents of eastern and northern Maine that are in recovery from drug addiction, and families affected by the opioid epidemic, have access to peer-related support services locally.

“My bill seeks to address a serious imbalance in the new funding model which resulted in directing statewide resources to Cumberland County for later release to our region,” said Sen. Rosen. “This centralized approach has left recovering Maine residents in our area underserved. I want that to change, and I want to use BARN, a highly successful, award-winning peer-recovery service out of Bangor as the model.”

This bill is currently in the drafting phase. Once drafted, an LD number will be assigned and the bill will be referred to committee for a public hearing.

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