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SAMHSA News - September/October 2004, Volume 12, Number 5
 

President Announces $100 Million Award for Substance Abuse Treatment

President George W. Bush announced $100 million in Access to Recovery grants in August to provide people seeking drug and alcohol treatment with vouchers for a range of appropriate, community-based services. By providing vouchers, the grant program promotes client choice, expands access to a broad array of clinical treatment and recovery support services—including services provided by faith- and community-based programs—and increases substance abuse treatment capacity.

The grants were awarded to 14 states and one tribal organization. In fiscal year 2005, President Bush has proposed doubling the funding for Access to Recovery to help even more of those seeking treatment.

"Giving people the power to choose a treatment program that reflects their values and needs can help them triumph over addiction and achieve recovery," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. "Access to Recovery will help Americans who are seeking treatment but are unable to obtain care. This program is designed to help people reach recovery in body, mind, and heart."

John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, said, "Treatment works. But addiction is not a one-size-fits-all disease. This program represents the next step in our ability to treat this disease, opening the door to a full range of treatment providers, and offering treatment access to thousands of Americans who would otherwise remain trapped in the maze of addiction."

SAMHSA administers the grant program. SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W., said, "Access to Recovery is based on the knowledge that there are many pathways to recovery from addiction. The promise of this initiative—founded on a belief in individual choice—is that it ensures the availability of a full range of treatment options, including the transforming power of faith. That was the President's intent in creating this program in the first place, and requesting $600 million over 3 years in his 2003 State of the Union address."

Clients will be assessed, given a voucher for identified services, and provided with a list of appropriate service providers from which to choose. Grantees proposed a broad range of innovative approaches and target populations. The grantees were competitively chosen from applications from 44 states and 22 tribes and territories.

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Access to Recovery Awardees by State, Tribal Organization

In 2004, SAMHSA has awarded Access to Recovery grants to 14 states and one tribal organization:

  • California—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Connecticut—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Florida—Awarded $6.8 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $20.4 million.

  • Idaho—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Illinois—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Louisiana—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Missouri—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • New Jersey—Awarded approximately $4 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $12.2 million.

  • New Mexico—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Tennessee—Awarded $5.9 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $17.8 million.

  • Texas—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Washington—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Wisconsin—Awarded $7.6 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $22.8 million.

  • Wyoming—Awarded $978,000 per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $2.9 million.

  • California Rural Indian Health Board—Awarded $5.7 million per year for each of 3 years for a total of approximately $17.1 million.

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