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Rep. Leger Fernández Introduces the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-03) and Representatives Dusty Johnson (SD-At Large), David Trone (MD-06), Michael Guest (MS-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), John Joyce (PA-13), and Lucy McBath (GA-06), introduced the bipartisan Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act to help higher education institutions implement programs to prevent alcohol and substance misuse on campus and support those with substance use disorders.

Today, the Congresswoman will visit Eastern New Mexico University and participate in a roundtable with students and the administration to discuss how this legislation can benefit students and what resources are currently available.

“Substance use and addiction is an epidemic across our country and hits our families hard when we lose siblings, daughters, friends to overdose.  College students too often find themselves isolated and without the support network to help.  I don’t want to see another headline of a promising young person lost to overdose,” said Rep. Leger Fernández. “My bill will cut the chains of addiction and unlock access to treatment and prevention for countless students across the United States. This is bipartisan and this is a critical step to support young Americans – ensuring a healthy and safe campus environment.”

“Every single state has reported an increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic,” said Rep. Johnson. “The Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act ensures that students are not left behind in our fight against addiction. Our bipartisan bill is focused on evidence – and campus-based services – colleges need these resources now more than ever.”

“The opioid crisis has ruthlessly swept through our nation targeting everyone in its path, including those on college campuses,” Rep. Congressman David Trone, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force. “Students and college presidents in my district are struggling to get the resources to address substance use disorder on their campuses, especially during the pandemic when many students are already grappling with mental health challenges. This bipartisan bill meets the moment to provide much-needed funding and help get our students the help they need.”

“It is critical that we focus on ending substance misuse on college campuses. Evidence-based recovery programs provide those impacted by alcohol and drugs with a path to escape addiction, and this bill would bolster those efforts and services for students in the college setting,” Rep. Michael Guest said. “It’s an honor to join Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández in introducing this impactful legislation.”

“This bipartisan legislation would bring evidence-based treatment to our colleges and universities to educate students on substance misuse and help those working to overcome substance use disorder,” said Rep. Chris Pappas. “To combat this epidemic in our communities it’s essential that we pass this bill, invest in prevention efforts, and ensure students across New Hampshire receive the support they need to recover from substance use disorder.”

“As a doctor, I am deeply troubled by the rising number of overdose deaths among our nation’s students. In recent years, lethal drugs—including fentanyl analogues—have taken a staggering toll on our communities. This legislation will allow schools to implement result-oriented programs to stem the tide of substance misuse by students. It will provide for improved drug education programs, recovery services, counseling and re-entry assistance that will lead our students to the help that they need.” said Rep. John Joyce.

“Students deserve a safe place to learn and grow as they pursue their education, and we—federal lawmakers—can provide more resources to help the future of our country,” Rep. McBath said. “I’ve seen the heartbreaking effects of drug use on families at home in Georgia, and I’m proud to join in this bipartisan effort to address addiction, protect students, and fund these necessary programs.”

The Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act:

  • Promotes evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies on college campuses.
  • Encourages integration and collaboration in campus-based health services to address substance use and mental health.
  • Requires the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to identify and promote successful programs.
  • Revitalizes a grant program to help institutions implement programs.

Find full bill text HERE.

“We applaud this effort to help fund critical treatment and recovery services, along with peer support and training to help faculty, staff and students recognize and respond to those who are experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use challenge,” said Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. “Rates of mental health crises and substance use challenges among young adults have risen dramatically, and campus-based health centers need more resources to support the students who rely on them for care.”


“Young adults have a high rate of alcohol and substance misuse. The pandemic has heightened anxiety and depression among this age group, meaning many may turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. College campuses need evidence-based programs to prevent substance misuse and provide needed resources and support to students.” Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health


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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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