Governor Bush's Supplemental Budget Provides Additional Funds for Community Based Substance Abuse
Secretary Michael W. Moore today announced that Governor Bush, in a supplementary budget request, is recommending to restore the reductions to substance abuse treatment funding from Special Session C to the Department of Corrections.
"The Governor and Lt. Governor continue their strong commitment to substance abuse treatment," said Moore. "The Governor recognizes that to fight crime effectively, we must do all we can to make sure offenders don't return to prison. One of our most effective tools toward this effort is substance abuse treatment."
The complete restoration of the reduction will provide for 28,765 outpatient treatment slots and 1,438 residential treatment slots in next fiscal year. The Governor's Executive Budget submitted in January restores $2 million to outpatient treatment services and $5.3 million for residential treatment services. The supplemental request will fund the $2 million balance of the reduction in out patient services, and $1.1 million in residential services for a total restoration of $3.1 million.
The total reduction for FY 2002-03 in Special Session C was over $10.4 million, which reduced out patient treatment services for offenders under supervision by $4 million and residential substance abuse treatment services by $6.4 million.