BY TOM BUSSELBERG
LAYTON – It can be hard enough to give up a drug addiction without any distractions or hurdles.
But if there’s not enough money to pay for gas to get to a job or to put food on the table, it often just gets worse for those involved.
That’s where Access to Recovery comes in. It’s a new program offered by Davis Behavioral Health for people who need a jump start or people on parole attempting to better their lives.
“For some individuals, individual or group counseling isn’t enough” said Brandon Hatch, Davis Behavioral Health CEO. “Say I need transportation to get to my job, or vocational training, or so I don’t have to worry about where my next meal for my family is coming from.”
This program, offered through the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, provides vouchers for participants.
“We got inundated with people” wishing to participate after the program started July 1, Hatch said.
It’s anticipated funding will be available for 18 months to two years, Hatch said.
It’s open to parolees and anyone with an addiction, especially where there is a family with children, Hatch said. They don’t need to be clients of Davis Behavioral Health.
Vouchers are given for incremental amounts up to about $800 a person. Arrangements are made with a service station, the Davis Applied Technology College, or a dentist, for example.
A case manager meets with participants and coordinates details. A lot of pre-and post-testing is required to determine outcomes, Hatch said.
Davis Behavioral Health serves about 1,300 people with substance abuse problems yearly, he said, estimating there are 8,000 people in such circumstances across the county.
For more information, call 801-773-7060.