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STATE TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR INDIGENT HAS SUCCESSES, BUT MORE SERVICES NEEDED, STUDY FINDS

 STATE TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR INDIGENT HAS SUCCESSES,
 BUT MORE SERVICES NEEDED, STUDY FINDS
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The state program created four years ago to offer treatment and support to indigent and chemically dependent adults has shown good results, according to a comprehensive study just released, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) said today.
 The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act (ADATSA) was established to help welfare recipients who are indigent, unemployable and incapacitated due to their chemical dependency.
 DSHS study found that ADATSA clients completed treatment at the same or higher rates than those in similar programs in other states.
 It also concluded that ADATSA clients who completed treatment were more likely to be employed and less likely to return to dependence on general assistance. Clients who received extra vocational assistance through three pilot programs had even higher rates of employment.
 "Given that ADATSA participants have a long history of chronic alcohol/drug use, were unemployable and many were homeless upon admission to the program, these findings are significant," said Ken Stark, director of the DSHS Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. "This tells us the ADATSA program is helping alcoholics and addicts arrest their illness and move toward self-sufficiency."
 However, lack of residential and specialized treatment caused many ADATSA clients to wait for services. And the length of waiting time was the best predictor of whether or not clients showed up for treatment, the study found. Half of all dropouts were "lost" during waiting periods.
 For a copy of the ADATSA program report, contact the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse at 206-438-8200.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Stark, 206-438-8098, or Kathy Davis, 206-586-3971, both of the Washington State DSHS/ CO: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services ST: Washington IN: SU:


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