A recent analysis has positioned Pennsylvania as a prominent player in the realm of drug addiction treatment. According to data sourced from federal records on addiction treatment facilities and mental health expenditure, Pennsylvania secured the 8th spot in national rankings, as determined by the Freedom Center, a rehabilitation center located in Maryland.
Leading the pack were states such as Maine, Alaska, and Vermont, while Montana, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, and Kentucky also outperformed Pennsylvania in these rankings.
The analysis pointed out that Pennsylvania boasts four rehabilitation facilities per 100,000 people, coupled with a per capita spending of $282 on mental health. Although the state had the lowest number of facilities per capita among the top 10 states, it secured the fifth position in terms of mental health spending per capita.
While the assessment focused on just two metrics, Pennsylvania officials expressed their satisfaction with the ranking. Latika Davis-Jones, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program, conveyed, “It is encouraging to see Pennsylvania among the top ten in the country for our substance use disorder treatment access and investments. It really confirms our commitment to the mission and values of the department and to the strong partnerships we have in the field.”
DDAP (Department of Drug and Alcohol Program) emphasized that Pennsylvanians in need of assistance can utilize the toll-free hotline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to connect with treatment resources 24/7. Funding is available to aid in covering the costs of treatment, and an online Treatment Atlas is available to help individuals locate facilities that offer support.
At the county level, opioid settlement funds have been instrumental in boosting addiction treatment efforts. During a meeting of the Pennsylvania opioid trust in December, it was disclosed that approximately $80 million had been allocated for various initiatives in recent months. These initiatives primarily focus on community revitalization, the provision of recovery services, and making the overdose-reversal drug naloxone readily accessible to the public.
Counties have the flexibility to allocate settlement funds in a range of ways, with the aim of addressing the root causes of the issue in hopes of curtailing associated negative consequences. Law enforcement agencies have highlighted the significant role played by mental health and drug addiction in the crimes they respond to.