MA: ‘PromotePrevent’ Legislative Commission Created Focuses on Addiction Prevention

A collaborative effort between State Rep. Jim Cantwell and Senator Patrick O’Connor led to the creation of the “PromotePrevent” Legislative Commission, which is centered on procuring funds for drug addiction prevention programs.

This month at the State House, Rep. Cantwell testified that 97% of the state’s funds are spent on resources helping people only after they have become addicted to a substance. Senator O’Connor discusses the issue of balancing those funds to include preventative resources:

Rep. Cantwell says one of the towns he represents should be a role model to the rest of the state for its educational innovation:

PromotePrevent will hold a public meeting at the Boston Health Policy Commission on Tuesday, January 23; more State House hearings will follow in February and March.

Commission on Behavioral Health Holds First Formal Hearing in April of 2017

Commission on Behavioral Health Holds First Formal Hearing in April of 2017


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About Mimi Walker

Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.