National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter

Policy & Advocacy

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NCADD-Maryland remains committed to pursuing and advocating for policy reform and legislative solutions, when necessary, in addressing identified policy acting as a barrier to accessing treatment. Key areas of policy and advocacy NCADD-Maryland is working on include:

  • Increasing funding to expand treatment capacity, statewide
  • Removing barriers preventing establishment of an adequate number of quality treatment programs to serve ALL individuals in need of substance abuse treatment services throughout Maryland, regardless of a person's income or lack of income
  • Eliminating barriers to achieving and maintaining recovery, such as access to healthcare, housing, social service and entitlement programs, education, employment and restoration of voting and parental rights
  • Assuring that those affected by the disease of addiction are afforded the same rights and opportunities as persons affected by other illnesses
  • Advocating on workforce development issues  to ensure we have a well-trained, professional workforce in sufficient numbers to provide the full range of treatment services necessary to effectively serve Maryland's communities, and its citizens
  • Working to ensure that adequate, statewide, prevention services are maintained to reduce the number of persons falling victim to the disease of addiction.

HB416 Good Samaritan Bill
Signed into Law 

Thanks to many supporters from NCADD-MDs Families for Recovery program, HB416, the Good Samaritan Bill, passed with overwhelming support and was signed into law by Governor Martin OMalley on May 5, 2014. The law provides that a person who, in good faith, seeks, provides, or assists with the provision of medical assistance for a person experiencing a medical emergency after ingesting or using alcohol or drugs shall be immune from a specified criminal prosecution if the evidence for the criminal prosecution was obtained solely as a result of a specified action.

Medical Marijuana HB881 
Signed into Law 4/14/2014

Dr. Nancy Rosen Cohen, NCADD-MD Executive Director, was appointed to the Medical Marijuana Commission and worked on the passage of HB 881. Altering the purpose of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission to include approval of physicians, development of a Web site, establishment of an application review process, and issuance of medical marijuana grower licenses; authorizing a medical marijuana grower to distribute marijuana at specified facilities; identifying patients and caregivers; requiring the commission to report to the General Assembly on the level of competition in the market for medical marijuana on or before December 1, 2015. 

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Summaries:

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is planning to integrate regulations for mental health and substance abuse services. You can read the current plan, including the plan for public input by going to the links below.


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