Treatment is vital in curbing substance addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, medications and behavioral therapy give addicts the best chance for recovery. And although facilities and rehab centers abound, most substance users don’t have the money to avail of such treatments.
To address this concern, local governments have set up their state-funded rehab centers. Here, citizens can get the addiction treatment they need for a very low price (if not free).
Table of Contents
- What is C?
- Who Is Eligible To Enter State-Funded Rehab?
- Does State-Funded Rehab Accept Insurance?
- Pros And Cons Of State-Funded Rehab
- How To Find State-Funded Rehab
- How Immediate Is State-Funded Rehab Treatment?
- What Happens In State-Funded Rehab?
- Alternatives To State-Funded Rehab
What is C?
As the name suggests, this is a treatment facility funded by the state government. Funding usually comes from federal grants, state budgets, and Medicaid reimbursements. With the help of these, the rehab center can provide services to its citizens who can’t afford such.
Who Is Eligible To Enter State-Funded Rehab?
To enter this low-cost program, you must show proof of the following:
- US citizenship
- State residency
- Income (or lack thereof)
- Lack of insurance
Depending on the state, it may require other forms of documentation to determine the applicant’s eligibility.
Does State-Funded Rehab Accept Insurance?
Yes, it does accept Medicaid and Medicare. The former is given to all individuals with little to no income. Requirements, however, vary according to the state of residency.
Medicare, on the other hand, is provided to people above 65, regardless of income. In some instances, it may be provided to people under 65 as well.
State-funded rehab is also included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage. Today, this has an additional statute that includes mental health treatment. This covers the various aspects of treatment, including:
- Inpatient/outpatient rehab
- Other support services
Pros And Cons Of State-Funded Rehab
As with other treatment facilities, state-funded rehab comes with good features. However, it is not perfect as it comes with some disadvantages as well.
- There is little to no payment needed for the service.
- Its treatment protocol follows evidence-based medicine.
- You get to be surrounded by people with similar problems – individuals with which you can share your thoughts and experiences.
- There is a long waiting line due to the sheer volume of applicants.
- Due to cost concerns, state facilities are unable to update their technologies. Some facilities may lack the other necessary support services as well.
- There is a perceived lack of privacy, as patients may have to share some confidential information with the facility.
How To Find State-Funded Rehab
You can view the list for state-funded centers through this directory provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This includes the contact details of the in-charge personnel per state. Through these channels, you can make the necessary inquiries for state-funded treatment.
You can also check the SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator for rehab centers near you. To search for the nearest facilities, all you need to do is enter your address, city, or zip code.
The caveat to this, however, is that it shows ALL facilities. As such, you need to narrow them one by one to see if the facility is indeed state-funded. You can do so by enabling the following filters:
- Service Setting – Hospital Inpatient, Residential, or Outpatient
- Operation – Private or Public (US Department of Veteran Affairs)
- Payment Accepted – ITU funds, Medicaid, Medicare, State-financed health insurance, Private, Cash/Self-payment
- Special Group (if applicable) – Adolescents, Transitioning Adults, Seniors, LGBTQIA+, Veterans, Active-duty military, Military family, Court referrals, with co-occurring mental disorders or infectious diseases
- Age Group accepted
- Language services
How Immediate Is State-Funded Rehab Treatment?
As mentioned, it may take you quite a while before you can receive treatment from state-funded rehab. Because of its affordability, the waiting list for an open slot can be quite long. As such, you may have to wait for a couple of weeks – or even a few months – before you can start.
What Happens In State-Funded Rehab?
State-funded centers follow the same treatment tenets that private facilities do. But due to funding, they may not have a complete array of services. In some cases, the technologies used are not as modern as that of other facilities.
As with most treatment forms, state-funded rehab starts with intake or assessment. It follows a treatment plan, which may include any or several of the following:
- Opioid users – Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone
- Alcohol users – Disulfiram, Acamprosate, Naltrexone, Topiramate
- Tobacco users – Bupropion, Varenicline
- Behavioral Therapy and Counselling
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy intended for Cocaine, Marijuana, Meth, Nicotine, and Alcohol adducts
- Contingency Management or Motivational Interventions designed for Opioid, Nicotine, Marijuana, Stimulant, and Alcohol users
- Community Reinforcement Approach with vouchers developed for Cocaine, Alcohol, and Opioid users
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy created for Marijuana, Alcohol, or Nicotine users
- Matrix model enacted for stimulant users
- 12-step facilitation therapy developed for Alcohol, Opiate, and Stimulant addicts
- Family Behavior Therapy
- Clinical and Case Management
- Substance Use Monitoring
- Self-Help or Peer Support Groups
- Continuing Care
- Other Services – Child Care, Family, Vocational, Mental Health, Medical, Educational, HIV/AIDS, Legal, Financial, and/or Housing
Alternatives To State-Funded Rehab
Say that you don’t meet the eligibility requirements. Maybe, the waiting list is quite long. These, however, should not be reasons to further delay your treatment. Even if you are low on finances, there are treatments you can undertake.
For one, you can apply to a rehab center that offers financing. Certain facilities, some, with the help of banks, offer an installment program to its patients.
Another thing you could consider is a rehab scholarship. Some institutions provide this. Some, on the other hand, rely on big corporations for bursary funding. One good example is 10,000 Beds, which has provided $2.5 million in rehab scholarship funding (and counting).
A great thing about rehab scholarships is that they cover both inpatient and outpatient services. However, it may not include all types of treatments such as acupuncture or massage therapy.
If you belong to a certain denomination, you may also opt for faith-based services. While this emphasizes spiritual education, it also includes scientific treatments. These include drug counseling, addiction education, group therapy, and relapse prevention training, to name a few.
Individuals who need it the most are eligible to state-funded rehab. You can find the nearest facility near you through the SAMHSA directory.
While state-funded centers follow evidence-based treatment, its services may be lacking due to funding issues. Alternatives to this include rehab scholarships, faith-based recovery, and centers that offer financing.
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