Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Legislative News and Views - Rep. John Thompson (DFL)

Back to profile

Rep. Thompson’s legislation increasing access to effective, equitable treatment for substance use disorders advances through its first committee hearing

Thursday, February 18, 2021

St. Paul, MN - Yesterday, the House Behavioral Health Policy Division advanced HF 722, which provides a 5 percent rate increase for substance use disorder treatment services provided by culturally responsive programs. The legislation, authored by Rep. John Thompson (DFL - St. Paul), was unanimously referred as amended to the Health Finance and Policy Committee. 

“Minnesotans from all walks of life struggle with substance abuse, and while seeking treatment can be a difficult step, it’s made all the easier when that help is coming from someone that understands an individual’s background,” said Rep. Thompson. “Effective treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and this legislation would better ensure those who are struggling are able to get the help that’s right for them.”

To be eligible for the rate increase, programs serving special populations must be designed to address the unique needs of individuals who share a common language, racial, ethnic, or social background, and be governed with significant input from individuals of that specific background. The programs must also employ individuals to provide individual or group therapy, at least 50 percent of whom are of that specific background.

More information and supporting materials are available on the committee’s webpage. Video recording of yesterday’s hearing is available on the House Public Information YouTube channel