The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced Iowa’s Access to Recovery project has been awarded $7,866,666 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The funding will be divided over the three-year grant period.
“The process of recovery from addiction is very personal and takes time,” said Access to Recovery Project Director Kevin Gabbert. “Providing recovering individuals with helpful services and supports improves their chances for success. This grant creates amazing opportunities for Iowans working their way back from substance abuse and addiction - opportunities they may not have had otherwise.”
From 2010 to 2014, Iowa has seen very positive results from its Access to Recovery project. The percentage of individuals abstinent (not using alcohol or drugs) six months after admission increased from 73.3 percent to 82.3 percent.
The $7.86 million grant announced today will serve more than 7,000 individuals during the grant period. Iowa’s Access to Recovery project increases the number and types of recovery support service providers eligible to receive federal funding, including faith-based and other community organizations as well as substance abuse treatment programs. It also reduces common barriers experienced by individuals recovering from a substance use disorder by funding services such as child care, recovery coaching, and transportation, and other treatment supports.
For more information about Access to Recovery, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/atr/.