$379 MILLION FOR ACCESS TO RECOVERY GRANTS

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Just over 22 million people (8.9 percent of this population) had a diagnosable substance abuse problem last year. To help people access substance abuse treatment, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $379 million over the next four years for Access to Recovery (ATR) grants. The ATR program provides vouchers to people with drug and alcohol use problems to pay for needed treatment and recovery support services.

“Access to Recovery provides resources to people seeking help with conquering drug and alcohol addiction,” said Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., SAMHSA Administrator. “Vouchers provide people access to treatment options that fit their needs and give them the flexibility to find the best path to recovery. Investing in treatment and recovery support not only saves lives, but every dollar invested in treatment and recovery services returns $7 in cost savings from social benefits such as reduced health costs, crime, and lost productivity.”

Both clinical treatment services and recovery support services are supported by ATR. Clinical treatment services are provided by individuals who are licensed, certified, or otherwise credentialed. Examples of clinical treatment services include screening, individual counseling, group counseling, treatment services for co-occurring mental disorders, and medication-assisted therapy.

SAMHSA Press Office
http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1010081330.aspx

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