Boston’s new mayor is starting to make good on a campaign pledge:
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston’s addiction and recovery services are about to get an upgrade, taking a major step towards one of the more personal platforms of his campaign for the mayor’s seat.
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Through a collaboration with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, a grant and research organization that works to expand access to health care services in Massachusetts, the city will create an expert advisory committee to evaluate the status of addiction and recovery services in Boston. Their work will culminate in a study that is expected in 2014, which will lay the foundation for a new Office of Recovery Services that will be run out of the Boston Public Health Commission, and will be funded by $300,000 of Mayor Walsh’s 2015 fiscal budget.
Back in November, I posted about Walsh’s openness about his recovery and his army of volunteers from the recovering community.