Gov. Walker has called for the Wisconsin Legislature to come into a Special Session to address heroin and opioids. The Special Session, as well as agency directives, were issued in three Executive Orders #228, #229, and #230.
Executive Action #228 directs state agencies to take action to combat opioid abuse addiction.
Executive Action #229 directs DHS to apply for federal funding which was made available through the 21st Century CURES Act.
Executive Action #230 calls for a Special Session of the Legislature. The following are included in the Special Session call:
- LRB-1026, relating to opioid antagonist administration in schools;
- LRB-1327, relating to opioid treatment and diversion programs and providing funding;
- LRB-1323, relating to limited immunity for people who receive first responder care following a drug overdose;
- LRB-1325, relating to prescription requirements for certain Schedule V controlled substances;
- LRB-1328, relating to the civil commitment of people experiencing substance abuse addiction;
- LRB-0639, relating to the University of Wisconsin System chartering a recovery school;
- Legislation allocating $63,000 per year of the 2017-2019 biennium to the rural hospital graduate medical training program;
- Legislation allocating $1,000,000 per year of the 2017-2019 biennium for grants to support new medically assisted treatment centers;
- Legislation allocating $500,000 per year of the 2017-2019 biennium for a consultation service for medical professionals to access addiction medicine specialists;
- Legislation allocating $420,000 per year of the 2017-2019 biennium for four additional criminal investigation agents at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (WisDOJ) focused on drug interdiction and trafficking; and
- Legislation allocating $100,000 per year of the 2017-2019 biennium to expand the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training program offered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Bill drafts are not yet available.