Chair, Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF- Manhattan) represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the Upper West Side and parts of Hell’s Kitchen. She has passed more than 120 laws since taking office in 2006, and in 2015 became the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. As Chair, she has led the fight for greater funding for prevention, treatment and recovery providers, worked to expand availability of treatment and recovery services, including access to medication assisted treatment, and has passed laws expanding access to naloxone, increasing availability of telehealth services and ensuring proper coverage of medication assisted treatment for Medicaid recipients. She is the sponsor of legislation to establish overdose prevention centers in New York State, to decriminalize the possession of buprenorphine, establish a medication assisted treatment program in all jails and prisons statewide and to expand and enhance recovery housing. Part of her mission as Chair is to help eliminate the stigma around substance use disorder and to advocate for harm reduction as an integral part of drug policy.