Here’s How State-Funded Rehab Could Work For You

The Recovery Village

Addiction is often a deep-seated, complicated issue that countless people struggle with, worldwide. Substance abuse can have huge, dire consequences on the overall health of individuals, affecting every aspect of their lives, as well as impacting their families. On a larger scale, addiction bears an impact upon communities and societies. Moreover, the effects of substance abuse compound over time, deepening the consequences and making the situation more difficult to resolve. Rehabilitation is crucial—though it isn’t always a viable option for those in lower income brackets. In-patient and out-patient treatment programs, after all, can be very costly. Luckily, there are state-funded rehabilitation alternatives.

First things first: What is state-funded rehabilitation?

As the name implies, state-funded rehabilitation programs are options that state-accredited centers provide at a much lower and much more affordable cost. This is especially helpful to those who fall in lower income brackets, as well as to those who do not have adequate health insurance. Public substance abuse treatment programs rely on funding from the state to help people recover from addiction, without the financial burden. Policies differ from state to state, but most states require proof of residency to qualify for a state-funded program. Also, these programs are open only to those who cannot otherwise afford the cost of treatment.

How does state-funded rehabilitation work?

State-accredited rehabilitation centers receive money from the state to provide assistance to their residents in need of substance and addiction treatment. Each center must first be accredited by the state to offer treatment options and state-funded programs. Those in need of help would have to look at the list of accredited centers and reach out to one to determine the specifics of the qualification process. There is typically a waiting list, given the volume of people seeking help, so it is best to reach out to an accredited center and get the process moving as soon as possible.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an internal agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), plays an active role in state-funded rehab programs. In its mission to help mitigate the negative impacts of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in the United States, SAMHSA assists centers with the federal grant process and offers a list of state-funded treatment programs, among its other functions.

Who qualifies for state-funded rehabilitation programs?

When you get in touch with an accredited center, you will go through an eligibility process, which will likely require you to present proof that you are a US citizen or have legal status to be in the country, proof that you are a resident of the particular state, and proof of income. You will also have to answer questions about your particular situation and addiction.

In the event that you qualify but must be put on a waiting list until a treatment spot becomes available, you may be given an assessment and the appropriate medication to help you while waiting. This intervention, if deemed necessary, will enable you to deal with the addiction during the waiting period.

While the process of looking and qualifying for a state-funded rehabilitation program may seem tedious, don’t let that put you off. The benefits you receive from a state-funded program will be well-worth the effort.