Wolf on Wednesday set into motion a plan that equates the opioid crisis with disasters like hurricanes and twisters, and that pares away red tape to speed help to people suffering from addiction.
While the disaster declaration includes no new dollars to battle addiction, it focuses on streamlining the bureaucracy that’s so much a part of drug treatment — accelerating the treatment center admission process, giving nurses and nurse practitioners more latitude, and lightening licensing requirements for some treatment centers.
It also creates an Operational Command Center at the state Emergency Management Agency to bring officials from across government together every week to assess progress.
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