Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Cranston Introduces Bill to Establish Oxford House Model in VA

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Cranston Introduces Bill to Establish Oxford House Model in VA

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Cranston Introduces Bill to Establish Oxford House Model in VA

Chairman Alan Cranston (D-CA) of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee introduced legislation (S-2100) to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a revolving loan fund to help set up self-sustaining and self-supporting sober group homes for veterans recovering from alcoholism and drug dependence. Cranston's proposal is similar to the provision in the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act under which states have set up revolving loan funds for start-up costs of sober group homes, modeled after the Oxford House network.

In introducing the bill, Cranston said that "alcohol and drug addiction is a tremendous problem in our society and one that has risen to the forefront of our national consciousness. The VA has vast expertise and experience in dealing with the treatment aspect of alcohol and drug addiction and related conditions. In fact, VA is the single largest provider of substance abuse treatment in the U.S. if not the world. I believe the VA is particularly well placed to be a leader in the treatment efforts."

Cranston said in FY-89, the VA furnished alcoholism treatment to more than 100,000 individual veterans - more than 58,900 in specialized alcoholism treatment units on an inpatient basis and another 41,500 on other VA inpatient units, such as general psychiatry. …

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