Maryland Substance Abuse Funding Change Displaces More Than 200 Addicts.

The Baltimore Sun (7/5, Wenger) reports, “A dramatic change in how Maryland pays for substance abuse treatment programs is leaving some [care organizations] short on cash and displacing more than 200 drug and alcohol addicts, even as the state’s four-year transition to a new funding system has significantly increased the number of people getting help.” Now, “under the new system, the state will pay for more treatments through Medicaid reimbursements, a strategy that officials say will ultimately provide health care access to more Marylanders.” While “many addiction specialists agree that the move will eventually help more people…right now they’re trying to find ways to keep displaced clients in treatment” as “centers are facing the loss of millions of dollars in grants.”

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— “Substance abuse funding change challenges some Md. providers, “Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun, July 4, 2012.

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