Gina Raimondo on Drugs
Jobs and insurance, to combat addiction
If we're going to save lives, we have to support people's recovery. This year, we're going to create a new job training program for people in recovery. There is no silver bullet in our fight against addiction, but helping Rhode Islanders in recovery to
get a good job will save lives. In the coming weeks, I'll propose legislation to make health insurance companies cover addiction and mental health treatment just like they cover diabetes or other chronic conditions.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island State of the State address
, Jan 16, 2018
Address substance use disorders outside of emergency rooms
The Reinventing Medicaid Act of 2015 included more than 40 individual initiatives designed to transform how the state pays for health care services. The initiatives include:
Source: PR: Rhode Island voting record: Reinventing Medicaid Act
, Feb 26, 2016
- Contracting with Accountable Care Entities that have a financial
incentive to manage the total costs and quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries. To date, five Accountable Care Entities have signed up for the program.
- A special Accountable Entity program designed to serve Rhode Islanders with serious mental
illness, some of the most vulnerable and high-cost Medicaid clients.
- A program to address the needs of Rhode Islanders with substance use disorders so they are served better outside of the emergency room.
- A program to serve people who are at high
risk of homelessness.
- Reforms to the Cedar program which offer parents of children special needs with more choices and flexibility.
- Better enforcement, through new electronic monitoring systems, of Medicaid rules around waste, fraud and abuse.
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance.
Raimondo scores B+ by the NORML on drug reform
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:
About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):
- C-/D/F: "hard-on-drugs" stance (approx. 243 members)
- C: mixed record on drug reform (approx. 45 members)
- A/B: pro-drug-reform stance (approx. 293 members)
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.
NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession
& responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."
NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."
NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.
NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.
Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.
Source: NORML website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016
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