Missouri Senate gives initial approval to bill to help inmates with substance abuse disorders

The Missouri Senate advances a bill that would require the state to access inmates for substance abuse disorders. 

Under the bill, given initial approval on Wednesday, the Department of Corrections would have to make medication-assisted treatment available to inmates, with no limitations on the type of medication or treatment.  The state would cover all costs. 

The bill would also require that people entering into drug courts undergo assessment for substance abuse disorders.