Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

ADAMHA's FY-90 Budget Totals More Than $2.6 Billion

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

ADAMHA's FY-90 Budget Totals More Than $2.6 Billion

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ADAMHA's FY-90 Budget Totals More Than $2.6 Billion

Preliminary tables made available to AR show that as a result of the emergency anti-drug funding measure passed in November, the FY-90 budget for the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) grew to $2,625,938,000, nearly one and a half times last year's appropriated level of $1,843,562,000. The FY-90 totals were calculated after the small sequestration mandated by Congress in the budget deficit reduction measure. The sequestration amounted to about $25 million in reductions across ADAMHA.

Record increases were accorded treatment, prevention and related services, including the big alcohol, drug abuse and mental health services (ADMS) block (see following story). The new Office for Treatment Improvement at ADAMHA alone will oversee more than $1.3 billion in various services and services-related programs.

Among ADAMHA components, the Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) scored the biggest gains -- vaulting from a FY-89 appropriated level of $69,853,000 to $193,437,000. As a result, the fledgling agency created by the 1984 Anti-Drug Abuse Act for the first time surpassed NIAAA in its budget allocation. NIAAA, however, enjoyed a substantial increase from $124,054,000 last year to $162,270,000 in FY-90, including a hike from $109,888,000 for alcohol research in FY-89 to $134,778,000 this year. The NIAAA total was enhanced by a $16,378,000 allocation for its homeless services demonstration program -- up from $4,454,000 last year.

The table lists FTEs, or full-time equivalent positions, for ADAMHA activities, appearing to point up a potential problem of staff shortages. With the mammoth increase in funding, FTEs rise only from 1,743 to 1,912. Despite the big increase in NIAAA's budget, the table lists only an increase of five FTEs -- from 213 to 218. And the Office for Treatment Improvement is assigned only 27 FTEs to oversee $1,356,442,000 in programs. OSAP received the biggest percentage increase of FTEs, from 64 to 102, but still fell short of its proportionate budget hike. ADAMHA officials told AR that the personnel problem would be temporary, and more positions could be expected with the FY-91 budget.

Tentative Figures Show Nearly $900 Million for State ADMS Services

Preliminary FY-90 tables of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) for the alcohol, drug abuse and mental health services (ADMS) block grant show $895,618,991 allocated to the substance abuse (alcohol and drug) portion of the block, and $237,590,074 for mental health. …

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