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Friday, December 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Gives Addicts Treatment Opportunities

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The Affordable Care Act will provide the opportunity for health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans on January 1st, 2014. As a result, thousands of people with a substance use disorder will be able to seek treatment for the first time. In order to expand treatment opportunities for substance use disorder and mental health patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to provide $50 million.

Approximately 200 community health centers will have access to the funds, which will be used to hire staff, add services, and employ team-based models of care, UPI reports. It is thought that the amount of people seeking addiction treatment could double as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“Most behavioral health conditions are treatable, yet too many Americans are not able to get needed treatment,” Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Mary K. Wakefield said in a news release. “These new Affordable Care Act funds will expand the capacity of our network of community health centers to respond to the mental health needs in their communities.”

The 2014 budget will also includes $130 million that will be used to educate teachers so that they can spot signs of mental illness and be able to get students the help they require; it will also provide funds to train 5,000 more mental health professionals.
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