The New York Assembly has recently passed A 8163/S 7313, a bill that expands treatment options for New Yorkers in the criminal justice system. If enacted, this legislation would ensure that all individuals who are mandated to attend recovery support programs are provided with secular options.
Currently, individuals with criminal justice involvement account for 47 percent of all treatment admissions to New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Support. However, the only support groups available for many participants are based on the traditional and faith-based 12-step model. Too often, individuals in the court system are denied access to nonreligious recovery options that are consistent with their values and personal beliefs.
Please urge your senator to pass this important bill and give treatment options to people regardless of their faith or lack thereof.
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