FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Teddi Fine 240-276-2130
May 30, 2006
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is now available. The guide, National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2006, provides information on thousands of alcohol and drug treatment programs located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four U.S. territories.
The directory, a nationwide inventory of nearly 11,000 drug abuse and alcoholism treatment programs and facilities, is organized and presented in state-by-state format for quick-reference by health care providers, social workers, managed care organizations, and the general public. It lists both public and private facilities, all of which are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved by substance abuse agencies in each of the states.
The directory is designed to quickly provide the reader with key information not only about the location of specific facilities, but also about the nature of the programs and services provided, including level of care offered and areas of service specialization, such as programs for adolescents, persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, individuals living with HIV/AIDS and pregnant women.
The 2006 directory identifies both long and short-term residential treatment facilities and facilities that provide residential beds for clients' children.
The updated directory is a paper-based complement to SAMHSA's internet-based Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator Service. The continuously-updated internet-based service provides driving directions to the nearest treatment facilities, as well as descriptions of services available, and contact information, including addresses and telephone numbers. By following simple instructions available on-line through this service, users can locate public and private substance abuse treatment facilities in any state, city or community anywhere in the nation. The direct website link is http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
To obtain a free copy of the National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2006, contact SAMHSA's Clearinghouse or call (800) 729-6686.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.