The Office of Substance Abuse operates a statewide system of residential and outpatient treatment, detoxification services and prevention and education services for citizens affected by alcohol and drug abuse.
The mission of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services Program is to provide prevention and treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse to the citizens of the State requiring such services. Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program goals include: (1) ensure access to appropriate services for all citizens; (2) assure services available to each client, based upon need, and the array of services is directed toward strengthening the individual, the family and the community; (3) return to productive society, those persons who, due to their impairment, have been living self-destructive and nonproductive lives by instilling in each client a viable recovery program and by joint efforts with vocational rehabilitation and other support services and functions; (4) provide medical or medically supervised support services to persons undergoing detoxification after a prolonged period of alcohol and/or drug abuse; (5) ensure the healthy, and responsible use of alcohol by adults; encourage the abstinence in the use of illicit drugs by all citizens; and delay the onset of the use of legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco) by youth at least until the age of maturity.
1. The Inpatient Treatment Services Component will continue to provide intensive inpatient residential treatment services to chemically dependent individuals requiring publicly supported services in a more structured treatment environment that can be provided in an outpatient setting. Inpatient services include short-term primary care of 28 days or less duration; long-term primary care for 6 to 8 months; halfway and three-quarter-way homes for periods of 1 to 12 months; and group recovery homes.
2. The Outpatient Clinic Services component provides outpatient services to chemically dependent clients and to those at high risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs. The treatment services provided include individual, couple, family and group counseling and treatment; standard and intensive day treatment; continuing care; limited medical services, and community oriented prevention and education services.
These services are primarily directed to persons age 21 and over. It has been estimated for purposes of the Children's Budget that nine percent of program resources are directed to persons under the age of 21. Although many of the substance abuse treatment program clients are parents whose addiction limits the effectiveness of their parenting, we could not identify what proportion of the client group they constitute.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR CHILDREN
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