One of the biggest obstacles people run into when looking for treatment for a substance abuse addiction is affordability. When people have healthcare insurance, they have a lot more flexibility in choosing a rehab center because of the Affordable Care Act of 2009 (ACA). When the bill was signed by former President Barack Obama, the bill forced healthcare insurance providers to treat addiction the same as they would any other medical condition.
As such, they have to pay for a least a portion of a customer’s addiction treatment costs. Unfortunately, not all Americans have healthcare insurance. In such cases, the individual has to rely on other sources of funding to cover the cost of rehab. Here’s a list of other common sources of funding for addiction treatment:
- Personal savings or 401K savings
- Borrow the money – personal loan, credit cards, family and friends
- Rehab center financing when available
- Rehab center Scholarships from donations, endowments and state funding when available
The information below will discuss a portion of the last option, state funding.
State Funding for Addiction Treatment in Indiana
Like every other state in the nation, Indiana has its own issues related to drug and alcohol addiction statewide. As a responsible state, Indiana provides as much help to the addiction treatment industry as they possibly can. The responsibility for addressing addiction treatment issues falls under The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) Bureau of Mental Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention. Each year, state representative allocate funds to this organization for the purpose of handling addiction treatment issues and education. For the most part, addiction funds are made available through grants and a solitary drug addiction treatment program that falls under the state’s control. The discussion below will cover both of these funding programs.
At the highest level, the state makes supplemental funds available to some of the state’s top addiction treatment centers. Most times, these funds are allocated through grants. The grants are awarded to rehab centers that apply for said grants with the intention of providing free services to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment. In conjunction with the administration of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant program, the state provides information to state residents about where the residents may be able to get addiction treatment for free or at a minimal cost. Most grant funded rehab programs are handled on a need or sliding scale basis. The objective is always the same. Help Indiana addicts get the treatment they need.
Alternative to Jail Programs
Drug addiction doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Addicts and drug dealers operate in a world where crimes are committed. Where drug dealers are concerned, the act of illegally selling drugs, prescription or illicit drugs, is a serious felony. When caught by law enforcement, dealers are subject to severe punishment, depending on the type and amount of the drug being distributed. As for drug users who don’t distribute drugs, things are seen a little differently. Remember, many experts see addiction as an illness. This fact is not lost on the judicial system in Indiana. Under the following circumstances, drug users and addicts may be given leniency:
- Charged with DUI when addiction is indicated
- Caught under the influence with a small quantity of the substance on them
- Petty theft where supporting an addiction appears to have been the motivating factor
- Purchasing small quantities of drugs
- Other petty crimes where drugs and/or alcohol are motivating factors
Placement in a state-funded alternative to jail program is at the discretion of the presiding judge. In some cases, the presiding judge may choose to remand the defendant’s hearing to a drug court. In both cases, the defendant’s addiction history is taken into account as context for the crime committed. If the judge feels the defendant would benefit from and avoid criminal behavior after addiction treatment, the judge may opt to place the defendant in a state-funded rehab program. If the defendant successfully finishes treatment, stays clean and avoids future criminal activity, the charges will usually be dropped and the defendant’s criminal record is kept clean. If you live in Indiana and would like more information about state-funded addiction treatment programs, you can call us at 833-762-3739. The last thing you want to do is avoid treatment because you cannot afford it. You owe it to yourself to seek help where possible.