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Substance Abuse Program to End After Federal Funding Cuts

Access to Recovery, a program that's helped Hoosiers in recovery since 2010, will be ending when federal funding dries up at the end of the year.

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The Access to Recovery program helped more than 11,000 Hoosiers pay for treatment, medical expenses, and personal hygiene items.

A federally-funded program that’s helping thousands of Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse will stop its services at the end of the year.

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration says the Access to Recovery grant will run out on Sept. 30. The state will use other funds to cover the program through December.

Indiana is one of several states that didn’t have its grant renewed, after Congress slashed the budget.

The $3.3 million in funding per year covered support services for those seeking help for addiction. On top of traditional treatment, the program also provides employment, transportation and child care assistance.

About 3,700 people in Indiana rely on the services.

FSSA tried to find additional money for Access to Recovery in its budget, there aren’t any available funds. The state’s working with service providers to develop sustainability plans that would help them continue offering the same resources.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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