Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

National Attention Given to Financing Treatment Services

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

National Attention Given to Financing Treatment Services

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The former five-term mayor of houston, Kathryn Whitmire, has been named to head a national policy panel that will study how alcohol and drug treatment services should be financed under health care reform.

The panel was convened by Join Together, a national resource for communities working to combat the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. Whitmire is currently director of the Rice University Institute for Policy Analysis.

During her tenure as mayor of Houston, Whitmire was instrumental in starting Houston Crackdown, a drug initiative that focuses on prevention, treatment and enforcement.

"Any health care reform proposal needs to address substance abuse, as it is at the heart of many other health care problems," Whitmire said. "This panel will listen to experts and community leaders, in government and business, in order to prepare recommendations that ensure that individuals in need of alcohol and drug abuse services have access to appropriate care."

The panel was convened following the 1992 Join Together national survey, which indicated gaps in prevention and treatment services that are formidable barriers to developing and implementing strategies to effectively reduce the harm from alcohol and drugs. …

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