Government- and State-Funded Addiction Treatment Programs

Posted on February 17th, 2020

State-funded drug rehabilitation is an option for people who are dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and have limited resources to pay for services. Programs that provide services with money provided by the government may be an affordable option to begin on the road toward sobriety.

What are State Funded Rehab Centers

State-funded drug treatment centers use government-provided funds, distributed by the state, to provide support to people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. These program centers may supply detox, treatment, and support services to people with little or no insurance or with low income. If you are ready to pursue rehab but you do not have insurance or the financial ability to pay for treatment, a government-funded center may be the best option.

The money that the state uses to fund these programs comes from various sources, including federal grants, Medicaid reimbursement, and the state budget.1

How Do I Qualify?

Each state has different requirements and services for rehab funded by the government, so the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services provides a list of contacts for the governing substance abuse agency for each state. This information will help you identify who is in charge of these program so that you can find out how to quality in each specific state.

To qualify for these programs, there may be various requirements that must be met. Those who are looking to enroll in treatment may be asked to provide the following:

  • Proof of residence.
  • Proof of income.
  • Proof of legal residence in the United States.
  • Personal information on addiction history.

What Do the Programs Offer?

Although state-funded rehabs can’t always provide the amenities that may be available at private treatment facilities, due to limited funding, that does not mean that the programs are ineffective or that the treatment won’t work. These facilities focus on the medical and emotional assistance needed to achieve sobriety—the goals that are in the best interest of the patient.

Ultimately, any level of treatment is better at providing positive outcomes in decreasing substance misuse, improving health and relationships, and increasing public health and safety versus no treatment.2 In addition, any treatment can lead to greater success in recovery than the alternatives, including incarceration.2

Depending on the program, in-house counseling or other services may not be available, or certain facilities may only provide detox, but patients will be referred to counseling services and support groups so that they may continue to work on their sobriety. Programs may offer detox, behavioral therapies, post-treatment counseling, and additional support systems that make it more possible to attain long-term recovery.

You should know that there is limited funding for treatment provided by the state, and there are often large numbers of patients seeking treatment, so the waiting list for facilities can be very long.

Treatment Resources

Once an individual is ready for treatment, there are a number of resources to help find state-funded rehab programs. As listed above, the Directory of Single State Agencies (SSAs) for Substance Abuse Services provides contact information for each state’s agency governing substance abuse policy, funding, and services. Contacting a specific state agency could be the best way to find out more about what that state offers, and how to go about obtaining their services.

Another good way to search for treatment facilities near you is through SAMHSA’s treatment locator. This interactive page enables a visual search of state and municipality centers as well as other regional treatment resources. It allows site visitors to narrow their options based on location by using a physical address, which is then completely deleted from the system following the search.


  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2000). TIP 38: Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services.
  2. McLellan, A.T., Woody, G.E., Metzger, D. (1996). Evaluating the effectiveness of addiction treatments: Reasonable expectations, appropriate comparisons. Milbank Quarterly, 74(1), 51-85.
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