10 REASONS TO FUND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER TREATMENT

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1 10 REASONS TO FUND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER TREATMENT - IT MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE - Treatment is Cheaper than the Consequences ---$2,400 for treatment $52,956 for prison ---$2,400 for treatment $10,000 per child annually in child welfare system ---$2,400 for treatment $1.4 million lifetime cost for substance exposed newborn Treatment Works - 58% Individuals Receiving Treatment are Successful - A better record than other chronic health diseases Treatment is not a Revolving Door - 77% in treatment have only one contact in 12 months Treatment is Cost Efficient each $1 in State GR generates $2 additional in federal block grant funds and local match Treatment Reduces Medical Expenses Every $1 spent on treatment saves $2.00 to $3.65 in additional medical-related costs Treatment Reduces Crime Studies report 40-60% reduction Treatment Supports Local Jobs 69% of adults are employed post treatment Treatment Employs Local Citizens in over 16,650 jobs statewide doctors, nurses, counselors and administrative staff who work at local businesses Treatment Supports Local Economy over 6,429 vendors supply community treatment companies 85% of Those Currently in Treatment do not Qualify for Medicaid; of those who do qualify, 56% need a substance abuse treatment service Medicaid does not cover 3/22/11 Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association 2868 Mahan Drive, Suite 1 Tallahassee, FL Phone (850) Fax (850)

2 Susan s Story Prison Bed Community Drug Treatment Bed Cost Comparison PRISON BED VS. COMMUNITY DRUG TREATMENT BED 5 year sentence (1825 days x 85% = 1551 days) 210 days x $49/day = $10, days x $74.50 = $115,550 Daughter out of Foster Care Foster Care $10,000/year x 3.7 years = $37,000 Reunited with Other 3 Children Full time Employeed (Taxes Paid) AA Degree, on the way to BA Community Service Rights Restored TOTAL = $152,550 TOTAL = $10,290

3 Cost of Community Drug Treatment for Adults Fiscal Consequences of Not Funding Drug Treatment Consequences of Proposed Cuts to Drug Treatment for Adults PROPOSED CUT = $33 million 26,600 individuals will lose services 492 residential beds will be eliminated 17,372 Floridians will lose outpatient treatment 1,531 local jobs will be lost Added Fiscal Consequences to State of not funding Drug Treatment TOTAL NEGATIVE IMPACT = $163 million Cost of Prison = $70.5 million $52,956 (average prison stay) x 1,330 (5% of those who lose services) Cost to Child Welfare = $26.6 million ($10,000 per child x 2,660 if 10% have one child placed in child welfare) Increased Medical Costs = $66 Million ($2.00 increased medical costs for each treatment $ lost)

4 FLORIDA FACTS $43 Billion Annual NEGATIVE Impact of Substance Abuse on Florida s Economy EACH HOUR: 1 $785,000 Due to Alcohol and Drug Related Crimes $ 11,857 for Hospitalization Due to Drug Use $ 12,000 in Lost Hospital Charges Due to Alcohol Use $ 1 Million Lost Due to Alcohol Related Injuries Only 1/3 of 1% of State Budget Invested in Substance Abuse Treatment to Counteract Negative Impact 2 18 Million Population of Florida 1,290,000 Floridians in Need of Substance Abuse Treatment (1.29 Million) 3 187,133 Floridians Receiving Treatment in DCF Programs (14% of Those in Need) 4 7 Number of Floridians Die Each Day as a Result of Prescription Drug Abuse 5 2/8/11

5 1 The Annual Economic Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use in Florida, Rhonda Bohs, Ph.D., and Bisma Sayed, MSW, Spectrum Programs and Miami Behavioral Health Center, Florida Department of Children and Families, October 15, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse Program Office

6 Impact of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Businesses on Florida s Economy Local Jobs = 16,650 Local Spending = $121,068,328 Local Vendors Utilized = 6,429 1 Prevention and Treatment Results in: More Productive Workforce (Reduced Absenteeism, Fewer Accidents, Greater Production) Families Remaining Intact (Fewer Children in Child Welfare, Safer Homes, Higher Achievement in School) Reduced Costs to Healthcare System (Fewer Emergency Room Visits, Shorter Hospital Stays, Reduction in Co-morbidity) 3/7/11

7 1 Source for all local information: On line survey, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), December 2010 and January 2010, responses from 38 FADAA member agencies 3/7/11

8 Substance Abuse Treatment is a Sound Investment Continue Investment or Pay Tomorrow Average Cost of Substance Abuse Treatment Episode $ 2,400 1 Average Prison Stay Cost of $52,956 2 Children in Foster Care System At $10,000 Annually Per Child 3 Additional Medical Related Costs of $8,448 and/or Costs of Substance Exposed Newborns at $1.4 Million per Child in Lifetime Expenses 4 and/or Broken Families, Lost Jobs, Unsafe Communities 3/7/11

9 1 Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Corrections, 2011 (1168 days [3.2 years average prison stay for drug offenders] x 85% x $53.34 /day) 3 Florida Department of Children and Families, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Guide, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Health (Cost includes medical, special education services, child care, etc.)

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