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New law aims to bridge gap between substance abuse treatment and insurance coverage

Addicts looking for help to pay for treatment will have a much easier time of it beginning next April 1. That's the message Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) repeated Tuesday as he explained that a law he sponsored will change how insurance companies pay for substance abuse treatment.Currently, substance abuse treatment professionals use a certain assessment process to determine what treatment is best for an addict, said Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service, which provides out-patient services to addicts. Read more…

Another candidate seeks School Committee seat

Ward 7 resident Carl Walker, the youth and family director for the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, recently announced his interest in the vacant position on the Ward 6 School Committee. His experience in the field of education and his strong desire for quality education motivated Walker, 45, a former Boston Public Schools teacher and Bridgewater State University professor, to add his name. Read more…