April 2007

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The Legal Action Center of the City of New York designed, printed and distributed Resources for Recovery: State Policy Options for Increasing Access to Alcohol and Drug Treatment Through Medicaid & TANF, which had been written earlier.

Key Results
Under the grant:

  • The center staff designed the report, printed 3,000 copies and in November 2002 mailed copies to more than 1,000 people, including members of national and state associations involved with addiction services, policymakers at addiction-related federal agencies, addiction treatment providers, and representatives of national policy and advocacy organizations involved with Medicaid, TANF and addiction issues.
  • The project director made a presentation about the report at the September 2003 meeting of the Purchasing Institute for Resources for Recovery in Scottsdale, Arizona. The report is also available online.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a $27,296 grant from August 1, 2002 through July 2003 to support this effort.

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THE PROBLEM

Although states and counties have significant opportunities for increasing their reimbursement for addiction treatment through Medicaid and Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), few resources exist to help policymakers and providers understand how to do this, and they have historically not taken full advantage of the opportunity.

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THE PROJECT

The Legal Action Center of the City of New York is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate discrimination against people with addiction history, HIV/AIDS or criminal records; the center also advocates for sound public policy in these areas. In the fall of 2001, under contract to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Legal Action Center produced a report, Resources for Recovery: State Policy Options for Increasing Access to Alcohol and Drug Treatment Through Medicaid & TANF, to explain policy options for states and counties to increase their reimbursement from public programs.

Under the RWJF grant, the center staff designed the report, printed 3,000 copies and in November 2002 mailed copies to more than 1,000 people, including members of national and state associations involved with addiction services, policymakers at addiction-related federal agencies, addiction treatment providers, and representatives of national policy and advocacy organizations involved with Medicaid, TANF and addiction issues. The project director made a presentation about the report at the September 2003 meeting of the Purchasing Institute for Resources for Recovery in Scottsdale, Arizona. The report is also available online.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Publishing a Report on State Policy Options for Medicaid and TANF Reimbursement for Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services

Grantee

Legal Action Center of the City of New York (New York,  NY)

  • Amount: $ 27,296
    Dates: August 2002 to July 2003
    ID#:  046074

Contact

Paul Samuels
(212) 243-1313
psamuels@lac.org

Web Site

http://www.lac.org

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Reports

Rubinstein, G. Resources for Recovery: State Policy Options for Increasing Access to Alcohol and Drug Treatment Through Medicaid & TANF. New York: The Legal Action Center of the City of New York, 2002. Also appears online.

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Report prepared by: Janet Spencer King
Reviewed by: Karyn L. Feiden
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Katherine M. Kraft
Program Officer: Victor A. Capoccia

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