Maine Assistant Senate Majority Leader Amy Volk

 

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Amy Volk’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 10/11/2018 1:26:48 PM.

 

What district of Maine do you represent?

 

30

 

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

 

I’m not sure it is that much more prevalent but it’s harder to deliver services for treatment because of its rural nature.

 

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

 

LD 925 (establishes a hub and spoke model, needle exchange program, etc.) and LD 1771 (over $1 million in federal grant money that will be used for an RFP for residential whole family treatment).

 

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

 

Advocated for LD 925, especially within my caucus) and sponsored LD 1771.

 

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

 

Yes both

 

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

 

Learning about McAuley Residence and its 80% long term success rate and deciding to find a way to expand that program.

 

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

 

A high accountability program similar to McAuley Residence that treats men and gets them going in careers.