Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

George H. Sheldon

October 8, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Receives $9.7 Million to Expand Choices for Clients
in Need of Substance Use Disorder Services

Veterans and Their Families Are a High Priority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Substance Abuse Program Office announced today that it has received a three-year $9.7 million federal grant to provide substance use disorder services to an estimated 8,700 Floridians.

Funding comes from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the Access to Recovery (ATR) program. ATR will provide clinical treatment and recovery support services to more than 6,500 veterans and their families, individuals involved with the criminal justice system, and persons with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in a five-county area. If funding permits, the Department may be eligible for an additional year of funding, bringing the total to $12.9 million.

ATR emphasizes client choice, allowing individuals to choose where they receive clinical treatment and recovery support services from a network of community-based and faith-based providers in Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

"We are pleased to again participate in ATR,” said Stephenie W. Colston, DCF’s director of Substance Abuse. “This is a tremendous opportunity for innovation, and we are taking this opportunity to increase access to services such as life skills development, outpatient detoxification, E-counseling and cutting-edge medication-assisted treatments such as Vivitrol, an FDA-approved medication used to treat alcoholism."

This is the second ATR grant for Florida. In 2004, DCF received a three-year $20.4 million ATR grant. The ATR program served more than 12,500 individuals in 21 counties throughout Florida.

The Department will begin enrolling providers into the ATR network in December and services will begin in January 2011.