San Diego County is setting up an overhaul of its substance abuse, with a new program that will increase treatment options, increase the number of available recovery beds in Socal Drug Rehab facilities in San Diego, as well as better connect substance abuse patients to the county’s vast network of services in order to deal with issues.
Another key aspect of this new program will also give the county government greater access to federal money in order to deal with the opioid crisis that is currently plaguing America, killing or destroying tens of thousands of lives across the country.
San Diego Supervisor Greg Cox, said that they need to take bold steps to deal with the issue. He made this statement at a news conference held on March 26, Monday, where the drug system overhaul was revealed. Fittingly enough, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drug overdose is not the leading cause of death for American adults under the age of 50, having killed 64,000 people across the country back in 2016. In the county of San Diego alone, 544 people died from drug overdose during that year.
San Diego has been offering drug and alcohol treatment services to the low-income residents of the state, as well as anyone under court-order to complete a rehab program, usually as a result of criminal charges or legal disputes.
As a result of the opioid crisis, California’s government and Socal Drug Rehab facilities decided that the system was in dire need of improvement. Back in 2015, California was the first state in the US to use the federal waiver that lets states create a substance abuse treatment program with federal money.
The new program, dubbed the “Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System” is designed to connect service providers and public agencies in a single operative umbrella to improve coordination and oversight, built on the best-practices recommendations from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
The state program works granularly, to give individual counties better control, to allow for operations to be tailored to fit regions and communities. Currently, 40 of California’s 58 counties are participating.