State-Funded Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers Near Me

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State-funded drug and alcohol rehab treatment centers use government money, distributed by the state, to support people recovering from addiction.
What you will learn:
What options exist for drug rehab centers near me
Eligibility to enroll in a state-funded rehab program
How state-funded facilities compare to private rehab facilities

How to Find State-Funded Rehab Centers Near Me

For individuals or loved ones who struggle with substance use issues—and have limited financial resources to pay for addiction treatment—state-funded alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers might be an option. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information for each state’s Single State Agency that oversees substance use and mental health treatment programs. Additionally, American Addiction Centers (AAC) can help you explore your options. Call us at or explore our rehab centers near you.

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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2022, of the 54.6 million people aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment, only about 13.1 million received treatment of any kind in the 12 months prior to surveying.

For individuals who do not seek treatment because of the cost, state-funded facilities provide free drug and alcohol rehab services to those who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment or who don’t have sufficient insurance coverage.

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What Are Government-Funded Rehab Programs?

Quite simply, state-funded programs are organizations and single entities that use government money, distributed by the state, to provide detox, treatment programs, and support services to individuals, who do not have adequate income or insurance coverage to pay for drug or alcohol addiction treatment.

State-funded programs offer various levels of care, including residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. Additionally, many state-run facilities offer aftercare, often called continuing care.

The money that states use to fund these centers comes from various sources. Some is provided through SAMHSA in the form of federal grants and from reimbursement through Medicaid and some comes directly from the state budget. A challenge for those seeking treatment is that the amount and even the type of state support varies depending on the state—as do the requirements to qualify for this type of treatment—so it’s important for each person pursuing treatment options to research and understand the programs their state offers.

Often, these centers are included as part of other state services, such as child social services, criminal justice and prison provisions, and other areas of state government, meaning that funding is provided specifically through an individual’s connection with those programs. Still, there are options for people not involved in these programs, as long as they qualify for services.

Who Qualifies for State-Funded Rehab?

Again, different states have different requirements when it comes to eligibility for state-funded drug and alcohol treatment centers. Therefore, it’s a good idea to locate the specific state agency that manages these programs and find out how to qualify. As previously mentioned, SAMHSA’s State Agencies page provides contact information for these agencies in each state.

Most state-funded rehab programs have strict eligibility requirements. You may be asked to provide proof of the following:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Income.
  • No insurance.
  • Residency within the state where you’re seeking treatment.
  • Personal information and substance use history.

How Quickly Will Treatment Begin?

Because funding for state treatment is limited and must be distributed among potentially large numbers of individuals, sometimes there is a waiting list to get into these programs. In addition, certain people may be given priority for spaces, such as pregnant women.

Waiting can sometimes be a barrier to treatment. As noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction treatment is more likely to be pursued if it is readily available when an individual is ready to seek it.2 Therefore, many of these state-funded rehab programs provide outpatient and medical maintenance services for those who are waiting for more intensive treatment.

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How Does State-Funded Rehab Compare?

There are several benefits to state-funded rehab programs. First, most state-funded rehab programs offer addiction treatment to eligible individuals at low or no cost, which allows people who might not otherwise be able to afford rehab access to treatment. Additionally, these facilities employ certified professionals who use evidence-based therapies in treatment. Finally, the individuals you encounter in a state-funded facility are also dealing with alcohol- and drug-related struggles, which can be extremely helpful in treatment as it makes addiction feel less isolating and allows you to learn from others in similar situations.

The drawbacks to state-funded drug and alcohol rehab may include a lack of in-house counseling or other support services. Some of these facilities only provide detox or medical management and refer you to community counseling services and mutual-help groups. A private rehab facility, on the other hand, typically offers these services in-house. Additionally, state-funded rehab centers may not offer the comforts of home or other desirable amenities that might be available in a private residential treatment facility.

How Do State-Funded Rehab Costs Compare?

The cost of treatment in a state-funded program is substantially lower than that of a private facility. Some programs provide their services for free to eligible individuals. In fact, many states offer grants to these centers to fully subsidize and support addiction treatment for pregnant women, Veterans, or other specific groups.

For those who don’t qualify for free treatment, the actual cost depends on several factors, including the individual’s qualification for the program and the level of care needed.

Private drug and alcohol rehab, on the other hand, can cost a lot more. The level of comfort, amenities, and activities these private facilities offer account for much of the difference in cost of treatment. However, in many cases, some, if not all, of these costs can be covered by insurance.

Paying for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Health insurance plans cover treatment for addiction and mental and behavioral health disorders. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more Americans now have access to substance use treatment. Plans vary in terms of of coverage they provide or how long they cover treatment, so it’s best to check with your healthcare provider or the rehab program to understand the specifics and your out-of-pocket costs up front.

Can I Use COBRA to Pay for Rehab?

Losing your job can lead to fear of the unknown, and you may worry about money and health insurance. If your health insurance was through your previous employer, you are eligible to enroll in COBRA.

COBRA can cover you and your family’s healthcare needs. If you or a family member struggles with substance use disorder, the clinical term for addiction, AAC can help. If you are using COBRA and seeking addiction treatment at AAC, we may ask you to provide the COBRA election form. If you have additional questions about substance use, addiction, treatment options, or paying for treatment, please call us at .

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