INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) has been named to a new state task force charged with taking a holistic approach toward addressing substance abuse. Arnold was tapped for the Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention by Governor Mike Pence earlier this month.
“I’m honored Governor Pence has appointed me to this working group and I’m impressed by the quality of appointees the governor has assembled,” said Arnold. “I’m eager to get to work and agree it’s time for an all-in approach in addressing the scourge of drug abuse and helping Hoosiers on the path toward recovery.”
Established by Executive Order, the task force will bring together Indiana experts from a variety of specialties to evaluate the growing national drug problem here in Indiana. Specifically, the task force is charged with evaluating existing resources across all areas, identifying gaps in enforcement, treatment and prevention and providing recommendations for improvement. Task force members will also identify effective strategies so federal, state, and local law enforcement can partner to combat drug abuse, analyze available resources for treatment, identify best practices for treating drug addiction, and identify programs and policies which are effective in preventing drug abuse, including early youth intervention programs.
The task force will meet monthly for the next three months – on September 16, October 15, and November 19. The meetings will take place in the north, south, and central regions and will include testimony from local experts and families impacted by the epidemic. The Task Force will provide recommendations to the Governor throughout the process of meetings, and will prepare a final report of findings and recommendations.
Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County. For more information on Sen. Arnold, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S8.