Not everyone can afford the costs of getting help for their drug addiction or substance abuse problem. As part of a presidential initiative, the Access to Recovery Scheme provides grants to various states in order to pass them on to those who need help in the form of vouchers. The grant scheme is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These vouchers can then be used to get help from participating facilities (including faith-based facilities) for drug and alcohol abuse problems. The scheme is meant to provide those who may not have had much choice in where to get help more choices, and thus encouraging more people to seek treatment which suits them.
In 2010, Florida received a grant for 9.6 million dollars for 3 years for the Access to Recovery scheme. It is expected that over the 3-year life of the grant, approximately 6,500 people in Florida including those with co-occurring disorders, families, and prescription drug abusers amongst others will be able to get help. The Florida scheme, however, is limited to the following 5 counties: Pasco, Orange, Pinellas, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough. A facility needs to be registered with the Department of Children and Families in Florida if it wants to accept vouchers from the Access to Recovery Scheme. Visit our website for information on which facilities accept Access to Recovery vouchers in Florida.
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