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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6

INTRODUCED BY E. HILL SMITH


A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA REQUESTING AN INTERIM LEGISLATIVE STUDY OF METHAMPHETAMINE USE AND ILLEGAL USE OF OPIOIDS IN MONTANA.

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA REQUESTING AN INTERIM LEGISLATIVE STUDY OF METHAMPHETAMINE USE AND ILLEGAL USE OF OPIOIDS IN MONTANA.

 

     WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in the number of arrests involving methamphetamine, with the state Division of Criminal Investigation reporting that it handled 232 methamphetamine cases in 2015, compared with 68 in 2010; and

     WHEREAS, the increased use of methamphetamine in Montana is leading to corresponding increases in law enforcement investigations, district court caseloads, jail and prison populations, and foster care placements, as well as a growing need for treatment services; and

     WHEREAS, the number of child abuse and neglect cases filed in district courts across Montana increased from 1,006 in 2009 to 2,433 in 2016, with officials attributing much of the increase to methamphetamine use by parents; and

     WHEREAS, the Protect Montana Kids Commission report to the Governor in May 2016 noted that more than 1,000 of the 3,000 children in foster care in 2015 were placed in foster care because of methamphetamine use by their parents and that opioid addiction and illegal drug use are factors contributing to children experiencing child abuse and neglect; and

     WHEREAS, state and local agencies are struggling to deal with the increased demand for services due to methamphetamine use; and

     WHEREAS, methamphetamine use has an unquantifiable effect on the physical, mental, and social well-being of not only methamphetamine users but also their family members.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

     That the Legislative Council be requested to designate an appropriate interim committee or committees, pursuant to section 5-5-217, MCA, to review:

     (1) the extent of methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids in Montana;

     (2) the degree to which methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids has affected services provided by law enforcement, the judiciary, state and local government agencies, and programs that work with individuals involved with methamphetamine use or illegal use of opioids or family members impacted by use of the drugs;

     (3) the treatment available for methamphetamine use or illegal use of opioids, including how the course of treatment and availability of treatment affects an individual's ability to be reunified with children who have been removed from the home; and

     (4) the efforts being undertaken by law enforcement, the judiciary, and state and local governments to reduce methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids and mitigate their impacts on Montanans and on state and local government agencies.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the committee or committees develop recommendations for:

     (1) reducing methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids, including prevention and treatment efforts;

     (2) mitigating the impacts of methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids on Montanans and their families; and

     (3) improving collaboration and cooperation among state and local government agencies in addressing methamphetamine use and illegal use of opioids and their impacts.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the study include representatives of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice, the Office of State Public Defender, district court judges, county attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, local government, and drug treatment programs and other entities that offer services to individuals involved with or impacted by the use of methamphetamine or the illegal use of opioids.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all aspects of the study, including presentation and review requirements, be concluded prior to September 15, 2018.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the final results of the study, including any findings, conclusions, comments, or recommendations of the appropriate committee or committees, be reported to the 66th Legislature.

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