Is There Funding For Drug Rehab In My State?
The best way to end addiction is with the help of a structured rehab program that’s tailored to your needs. But for many people, the cost of a private inpatient rehab or long term outpatient program can put recovery out of reach. In a number of different forms, state-funded drug rehab programs can cover the costs for people in financial need, but options vary from state to state.
State Funded Drug Rehab Options
Many studies have shown that making drug and alcohol rehab services available to anyone who needs it benefits both individuals and their communities. On state and local levels, supporting drug rehab saves money that would otherwise be spent on incarceration, the courts and other intervention services. Crime rates and the incidence of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis are also lower in communities that fund rehabs and other addiction services.
For those reasons, states administer funding from federal grants and other sources to provide varying combinations of addiction services, which can include:
- Inpatient rehab in hospital settings and dedicated rehab facilities
- Medical detox and follow-up
- Partial hospitalization for rehab
- Long and short term outpatient programs
- Medical maintenance programs
- Self-help groups
Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare is a federally funded health program for people over 65, and if you have Medicare Parts A (for hospitalization) and B (for medical services), your coverage includes addiction services in every state.
Medicaid is a federal health assistance program for those with disabilities or very low income. While basic Medicaid is available in every state, the availability of rehab and substance abuse services can vary. That’s because some states have implemented an expansion of Medicaid services under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and that includes coverage for substance abuse rehab and counseling services.
Finding Services In Your State
Because the availability of addiction services varies from state to state, it’s important to contact the agencies and program administrators in your own state for information on the kind of services offered and how to apply.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, provides a free, regularly updated, directory of agencies that are responsible for administering substance abuse programs in each state. Contact the agency listed for your state to get information on the services that are available near you.
State funded social service agencies and government entities can also provide referrals to rehabs and substance abuse counseling. You may be eligible for state funded rehab assistance if your addiction or other circumstances have connected you with programs administered by:
- State and local courts
- Child protective services
- The criminal justice system
- Mental health services
Contact administrators or caseworkers connected with these programs for information on rehab services at no cost to you. Because state funded inpatient rehab is in high demand and funds are limited, you may be placed on a waiting list. To help you stay focused on recovery, many programs offer outpatient rehab and counseling while you wait for a place in an inpatient facility.
Are You Eligible for State Funded Rehab?
State-funded rehab services are intended to remove the barriers that often keep people from getting help for their addictions. But not everyone qualifies for every program, so it’s important to check the eligibility criteria before you apply. When applying for any state-sponsored substance abuse service, you’ll be asked to provide detailed documentation that typically includes:
- Proof of US citizenship or legal residency
- Documentation about your financial situation
- Proof of place of residence
- Information about the nature and history of your addiction
Some programs are designed for specific segments of the population, such as:
- Pregnant women
- Dual diagnosis – people with a mental health condition along with addiction
If you apply to any of these programs, you’ll be asked to supply additional information demonstrating that you meet these special criteria.
Your state’s substance abuse programs are designed to put recovery within just about everyone’s reach. With information from national directories and community service providers in your state, you can start the journey toward addiction-free living – even if your funds are limited.