State-funded centers often have specific requirements in order for an individual to be accepted into a treatment program. These can include:
- Proof of residence in the funding state
- Demonstrated inability to afford other treatment (based on income, insurance, etc.)
- Proof of citizenship or legal residence in the US
- Information about the degree or level of addiction and history
A challenge with these treatment centers is that there can be a waiting list to get into the program. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014, 4.1 million people who were struggling with addiction sought and received treatment of some kind, with only 2.3 million people getting it in a place that specifically treated addiction. Certain people are given priority for spaces, such as pregnant women. However, many of these centers have outpatient services that can help support individuals while they wait for a space in a more intensive program.