Illinois Receives $13.9 Million to Expand Drug Treatment and Recovery Options

Access to Recovery Grant to Increase Client Choice in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs and Recovery Support Services

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Carol L. Adams Ph.D today announced a $13.9 million Access to Recovery (ATR) grant that will allow DHS to expand options for over 6000 people seeking drug and alcohol treatment. The grant is part of a federal initiative to provide vouchers for substance abuse treatment and recovery services.

ATR is a three-year competitive discretionary grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The new ATR grant will provide Illinoisans seeking drug and alcohol treatment with vouchers to pay for a range of individualized treatment and recovery services, including faith-based and community-based services.

"There is more than one way to treat addiction and people should be able to choose what is best for them," said Secretary Adams. "With this grant, we can continue to promote client choice while expanding access to a greater array of treatment options and recovery services."

With the ATR program, people in need of treatment or recovery support services can inquire about vouchers at one of three different enrolling agencies: Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Family Guidance Centers, Inc., and IOTA Inc. (Information, Organization Training and Applications). After an enrollment assessment and screening interview, participants will be allowed to select services from a list of alternative local providers enrolled in the ATR program. There are now more than 110 providers who can receive the electronic vouchers to provide treatment services to individuals in the state.

"By increasing the number of providers that can offer treatment and recovery support services through vouchers, we are expanding recovery options for thousands of people while improving our service delivery system throughout the state," said Theodora Binion-Taylor, Director of the IDHS Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

The recovery grant will allow Illinois to expand its Pathways to Recovery initiative implemented in 2004. As a result, ATR-supported services will be continued in Cook County and the 5th and 6th Illinois Judicial Districts in east central Illinois, and will be expanded to the five counties that comprise the 10th Judicial District in west central Illinois. The program will include a focus on individuals involved with the criminal justice system, a methamphetamine treatment component, and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) among its voucher services.

During the implementation of the first ATR grant awarded in 2004, approximately 8,600 people received treatment and/or recovery support services in Cook County and 11 counties in east-central Illinois. For the new ATR grant, 6,200 people are expected to receive substance abuse treatment and/or recovery support services.