The Legal Services Corporation’s Opioid Task Force, which is examining the role of civil legal aid in addressing the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to convene in Indianapolis in October for the first of three field hearings.
The task force was organized to increase awareness about the many civil legal issues that frequently arise for people suffering from addiction and for their families. Its primary goals are to provide an education about the legal obstacles individuals and families struggling with opioid issues can face, and to engage health care professionals to include legal aid attorneys in recovery treatment plans.
Three Hoosiers serve on the task force. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Jay Chaudhary, managing attorney for Indiana Legal Services, and Abby Kuzma, former assistant Indiana Attorney General and chief counsel for the victims services and outreach division are members. Health care and public health experts, judges and leaders in business and law also serve on the task force.
The group held an organization meeting June 13 at the Washington office of Sidley Austin, which is underwriting its work. In addition to meeting in Indianapolis, the other two field hearings have been tentatively scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky, in February 2019, and Washington, D.C., in April.