39 Attorney Generals Call on Congress to Change Federal Law to Make
Drug Treatment More Affordable and Accessible
SALT LAKE CITY October 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes, with a bipartisan coalition of 39 Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General, called on Congress to pass legislation that changes federal law to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible for Americans who most need it.
HR 2938, the “Road to Recovery” Act, will help increase access to treatment for opioid addiction by removing a more than 50-year-old provision in the Medicaid program that currently acts as a barrier to residential addiction treatment.
The “Road to Recovery” Act will help increase access to treatment for opioid addiction by removing a more than 50-year-old provision in the Medicaid program that currently acts as a barrier to residential addiction treatment.
The bill addresses the “Institutions for Mental Diseases” (IMD) exclusion which was created in the original 1965 Medicaid legislation to prevent the funding of large, residential mental health facilities. While the exclusion led to the closure of what were in many cases, inhumane institutions, it now has the unintended effect of limiting Medicaid funding for residential treatment facilities, which can be one of the most effective ways to treat drug addiction.
The “Road to Recovery” Act will remove the exclusion for addiction treatment facilities only. This will help open new avenues for addiction treatment while maintaining appropriate restrictions on mental health facilities.
The change in the law is supported by health care providers, insurers, treatment centers, governors of both political parties and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
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Laura Dupaix Honored as Staff of the Year; Strieff Brief Receives “Best Brief Award”
SALT LAKE CITY June 24, 2016 – The Utah Attorney General’s Office has been recognized for its appellate advocacy by the National Association of Attorneys General. The awards were announced and disseminated on Thursday, June 23 during the NAAG Summer Meeting in Burlington, Vt. Recently retired Attorney General Laura Dupaix was honored with one of two Attorney General Career Staff of the Year Awards for extensive work on several multi-state cases. Additionally, Solicitor General Tyler R. Green, Deputy Solicitor General Laura B. Dupaix, Criminal Appeals Director Thomas B. Brunker, and Search & Seizure Section Director Jeffrey S. Gray were recognized for excellence in brief writing for the U.S. Supreme Court with the 2016 NAAG Supreme Court Best Brief Award. The award recognized the brief submitted for Utah v. Strieff.
“Congratulations to Solicitor General Tyler Green, our former Deputy Solicitor General Laura Dupaix, Criminal Appeals Director Thomas Brunker, and Search & Seizure Section Director Jeffrey Gray and their staff who contributed to writing this brief,” said Attorney General Reyes. “To be recognized by NAAG for their Supreme Court brief is quite an accomplishment. This only reinforces my belief that the Utah Attorney General’s Office has some of the top appellate advocates in the world. Supreme Court advocacy is a rare opportunity in the practice of law, and I congratulate our appellate section for not only rising to the occasion but for also distinguishing our office in the process.
“Additionally, we wish to extend our congratulations to Laura for the honor of Career Staff of the Year and the recognition it represents from her peers at the National Association of Attorneys General,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Laura is a rare talent. She is a brilliant writer, meticulous editor, an articulate advocate and a beloved leader who has served the citizens of Utah with distinction and honor.”
SALT LAKE CITY May 13, 2016 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced today that retiring Deputy Solicitor General Laura Dupaix had been awarded the prestigious National Association of Attorneys General Career Staff of the Year award for 2016. Dupaix is retiring from the OAG after twenty-five years of service.
“We wish to extend our gratitude to Director Laura Dupaix for her decades of service in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, as well as our congratulations for this award and the recognition it represents from her peers at the National Association of Attorneys General,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Laura is a rare talent. She is a brilliant writer, meticulous editor, an articulate advocate and a beloved leader who has served the citizens of Utah with distinction and honor. We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Laura Dupaix began working in the OAG in 1991, working first in the Child Protection Division. Laura transferred to the Criminal Appeals Division in July 1996, and was promoted to Appellate Section Director only one year later. Laura served as Section Director for twelve years, and in December 2009 was promoted to Division Director with the unanimous support of the Appeals Division attorneys. She stepped down from that post in October 2015 to allow for a transition period for her replacement before she retires in May 2016. She currently serves as Deputy Solicitor General. Laura has handled over 200 appeals in the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals.