Medication Assisted Treatment
The Area Substance Abuse Council was one of four Iowa substance abuse treatment providers to receive Iowa Department of Public Health grants to provide medication-assisted treatment. The purpose of the grant funding is to better treat those abusing prescription drugs and heroin. The $120,756 that ASAC will receive in the first year of the grant will be used to buy drugs to assist clients in the treatment process and to provide wrap-around recovery support services to improve access to and retention in treatment. It is a three year grant project.
The other three Iowa providers receiving medication assisted treatment grants are Jackson Recovery Center in Sioux City, United Community Services Inc. in Des Moines and Mercy Turning Point Treatment Center in Dubuque. The grants are designed to decrease substance abuse, expand and improve medication assisted treatment and increase the number of Iowans receiving medication-assisted treatment.
Housing Fund of Linn County
The Housing Fund for Linn County has awarded ASAC a $26,735 grant to address the heating, air conditioning and electrical issues in our Adult Residential housing units. The Adult Residential bedrooms are currently heated with hot water heat from a boiler system and there is no central air. The housing units are either too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. The electrical wiring in the housing units is also problematic. There are very few outlets and the housing units all need to be rewired.
The renovations made possible with the support from the Housing Fund for Linn County will make the adult residential housing units more energy efficient and provide a more comfortable environment for people to recover from their addiction to alcohol or other drugs.