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Substance Abuse Support Funding Running Out


A program that provides help for Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse will run out of money at the end of the year.

Indiana is one of several states that relies on a federal ‘Access to Recovery’ grant to cover the costs of services for those battling addiction.

But, Congress recently slashed funding and the state’s grant wasn’t renewed. That means the program is going away.

About 80 percent of the clients at Indy’s Public Advocates in Community Re-entry (PACE) are struggling with substance abuse. PACE Executive Director Rhiannon Edwards says many of them rely on Access to Recovery vouchers to pay for services that help with their recoveries.

“Being able to utilize those vouchers for detox, for individual appointments, to stay in a sober living transitional house, that’s huge to them kind of doing things the right way,” Edwards said. “Not going back to prison, not committing another crime.”

But, funding for the supportive services offered at places such as PACE dries up at the end of this year. The grant runs out in September, but other money will allow Access to Recovery to continue through December.

Kevin Moore is the director of the Division of Mental Health for the Family and Social Services Administration. He says losing the grant could have a devastating impact.

“We have 40 percent of our providers I believe who are solely reliant on our funds for their revenue,” Moore said. “And, those are the ones that we’re significantly concerned about.”

The Family and Social Services Administration is working with those service providers to develop business plans that will allow them to continue operating without the federal funding after this year.

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