Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Treatment 'Campus' Projects Announced

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Treatment 'Campus' Projects Announced

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Initial funding of $18 million was awarded to two new drug abuse treatment "campus" demonstration programs, designed to provide a variety of treatment and support services to drug abusers in residential therapeutic community programs. The new treatment programs -- located in Houston, TX, and Secaucus, NJ -- involve a total federal-state commitment of $68.6 million over a three-year period. Each will be able to treat up to 360 drug abusers at a given time.

The awards, by the Office for Treatment Improvement (OTI) of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA), were given high visibility by HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan, National Drug Control Policy Director Bob Martinez and other officials at a news conference Sept. 4 in Washington, DC. The treatment "campus" idea was initially conceived as part of the 1990 National Drug Control Strategy, devised by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) when it was headed by Bob Bennett, Martinez's predecessor.

"The purpose of this new and innovative program is to improve residential therapeutic community treatment models and to increase the efficacy, efficiency, and economy of the total drug abuse treatment system in our country," Sullivan said. "We expect this program to evolve more effective drug abuse treatment models which can be replicated in communities across the nation. This announcement represents the culmination of the vision we established in the National Drug Control Strategy to develop this grant program."

The "campus" approach involves multiple treatment providers -- from five to eight, using different modalities while occupying a common facility. A central intake unit, medical and psychiatric services, educational and vocational training, and recreational activities undergird the programs.

Martinez told the news conference that "expanding and improving drug treatment is a fundamental element of the President's National Drug Control Policy." He heralded the treatment campus concept as the kind of "new-look approach in drug treatment that is so urgently needed to combat drug abuse in areas of the nation with pressing drug problems."

Assistant HHS Secretary for Health James O. Mason, MD, said the campus demonstration effort also will have a special benefit of expanding availability of residential treatment for adolescents, minorities and female addicts and their children in two sites which have particularly high concentrations of "these priority treatment populations."

Each of the campus projects will be operated by their respective state drug abuse agencies under cooperative agreements -- with the federal government furnishing 80% of funding, and the states contributing the remainder as matching funds. …

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