RELEASE: Senator Fuller Clark Statement on Legislation to Change the Definition of Mental Health to Include Substance Abuse Addiction

CONCORD – Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) offered the following comments after the Senate voted to re-refer SB 220, legislation to change the definition of mental health for the purpose of involuntary medical admission:

“This bipartisan effort changes the definition of mental health to include substance addiction in order to permit law enforcement, medical professionals and families of those suffering from addiction to involuntarily commit individuals who have ingested substances to medical facilities for treatment and monitoring,” said Senator Fuller Clark. “We know that the disease of addiction often renders people unable to make independent decisions to get the help they need. While I’m disappointed we were not able to pass this legislation today, I look forward to working together with my colleagues to move this process forward.”