Indiana loses federal funding for substance abuse help

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A substance abuse program that’s helped more than 11,000 Hoosiers has been cut by the government.

Access to Recovery paid for treatment and a lot more since 2010.

“It would pay for their clinical services but more importantly than that, it would pay for support services,” said Kevin Moore,  Director of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction for the Family and Social Services Administration. “It would pay for child care. It would pay for things needed to be ready for work. It would pay for transportation to get to meetings and to treatment.”

Money was awarded to 30 states in 2010. Since then, Indiana has received $3,328,600 per year, according to the FSSA.

The money helped people support their search for jobs and stability, including medical expenses, bus passes, gasoline cards, vehicle repairs and gift certificates for clothing and personal hygiene items.

But states had to apply again recently, and only six were chosen. North Carolina was chosen, which is a first-time grantee, so that means 25 other states who had received funding in the past aren’t getting it either. The other recipients are Massachusetts, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.

FSSA sent a letter to consultants and providers last week with the bad news.

“We had been doing some really good work across the state, so we were surprised a little bit and more than a little disappointed that we weren’t selected for funding,” said Moore. “Women with children, military personnel, folks with mental health disorders and the criminal justice population were the four targeted populations that we were using in Indiana.”

Indiana has enough money to service clients through the end of the year. They’ve already stopped accepting new clients.

After December 31st, Moore says they will do what they can, but it won’t be easy.

“We’ll support those as the program winds down to the end of the year and then once it’s over, we’ll continue to try to connect folks to the appropriate level of care,” said Moore.

ATR has served 11,400 clients in 11 counties in Indiana since 2010.

If you need help or want to contact FSSA, click here or call 1-800-457-8283.

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