Connecticut House Approves Psychedelic Treatment Program As Part Of Budget Bill

Connecticut House Approves Psychedelic Treatment Program As Part Of Budget Bill
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The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday approved a large-scale budget bill that includes provisions to set the state up to provide certain patients with access to psychedelic-assisted treatment using substances like MDMA and psilocybin. The language largely mirrors a standalone bill that moved through committee earlier this session. However, the budget legislation is more limited with respect to who would be eligible for the treatment option compared to the standalone proposal. The budget measure is expected to go to the Senate for consideration as early as Tuesday, after which point it could be sent to the governor if no amendments are made. Under both the budget bill and HB 5396, psychedelic treatment centers would be established in the state where people could receive psilocybin-assisted or MDMA-assisted therapy as part of an expanded access program for investigational new drugs through the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the legislation would not legalize the psychedelics, it would set up a regulatory infrastructure to enable Connecticut to play a leading role in providing access to this alternative treatment option as federal agencies continue to fund and facilitate clinical trials. Psychedelic therapy would be specifically provided and funded for military veterans, retired first responders and health care workers under the budget measure. The standalone bill, meanwhile, was more expansive by also including any person from a “historically underserved community, and who has a serious or life-threatening mental or behavioral health disorder and without access to effective mental or behavioral health medication.” Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed a separate bill last year that includes language requiring the state to carry out a study into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms. A workgroup has since been meeting to investigate the issue. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state…

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