State-Funded Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers
What Are State-Funded Rehab Programs?
State-run programs usually focus on people who have trouble affording rehab. These programs may have waiting lists, and people interested in them may have to meet eligibility requirements including proof of residence, proof of income, and proof of legal status in the U.S. State-run programs may also be subject to budget cuts.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers provide treatments to help people overcome their addictions.
Each facility is a little different, and some provide services that others would never even consider. While some facilities differ mainly in philosophy, others differ in attributes relating to cost. At one end of the spectrum stands the exclusive, private rehabilitation center that comes with a hefty price tag. At the other end of the spectrum lies the state-funded program. Both of these types of facilities may provide lifesaving help. State-funded programs, however, may be able to provide that help at a lower cost.
Types and Prevalence
While programs can vary widely from state to state, most require people to show some proof of residence before they can use these state-run programs, and most are designed to cater to people who cannot afford to pay for their own treatment programs. In a way, this makes sense. If you can afford to pick up at least some of the cost for your addiction care, it’s reasonable to expect that you should pay for at least some of the services you receive. After all, if the states provided free care for everyone all of the time, they would quickly run out of money. State-funded programs are widely used by people who need addiction care.
It’s clear that the facilities do provide real help to people who are in need of that help. Unfortunately, when states experience shrinking budgets and they need to make cuts to the services they provide in order to balance the books, these addiction programs are sometimes placed on the chopping block. This happened in 2011, according to news reports, when Illinois prepared to cut all funding for its state rehabilitation programs in order to meet budget cuts. Even states that do keep their facilities open may be forced to cut back the number of people they help when money in the state coffers is light.
What to Do if You Must Wait
Some state-funded programs require you to wait until a treatment spot opens up. If you’re asked to wait, you might be given medications to help ease your cravings while you wait for your counseling to begin. This can be a helpful intervention. According to a study in the journal Addiction, opiate addicts given buprenorphine while waiting for inpatient care showed an increase in well-being and life satisfaction, compared to people who did not get the drug, and they were less likely to abuse substances as they waited. While it’s best to enter treatment for addiction right away, using medications could help to make the wait easier.
States all have different cutoff points and income levels at which they will begin to cover your addiction care. It can be difficult to determine where you stand on this issue by reading articles on the Internet, but thankfully, you don’t have to understand the issue on your own. Instead, you can make an appointment with a representative at your state’s social services office. Here, you may be asked to:
- Provide proof of your residency in the state
- Provide proof of your income, and your debts
- Provide proof of your legal status in the United States
- Answer questions about your addiction
If the person you speak to believes that you do have an addiction issue and you meet the eligibility requirements, you’ll then be matched with a facility that can help you overcome your addiction. You’ll be well on your way to healing after this appointment.
Washington State: Just One Example
Going through this paperwork might seem like a hassle, but it’s important to note that the benefits you’ll receive might be well worth your time. Washington State provides a good example of this. According to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, people in Washington who meet eligibility requirements and have addictions can receive up to six months of treatment in a 24-month period. This treatment can take place in an inpatient facility, or it might take place in an outpatient center.