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NCJ Number: 136595 Find in a Library
Title: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy in New York State: A Plan for Entering the 21st Century
Author(s): J B Murtaugh
Corporate Author: New York State Assembly
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: New York State Assembly
Albany, NY 12224
Type: State Plan
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the drug treatment system in New York State concludes that the system needs expansion and restructuring if it is to provide meaningful service to the 2 million New Yorkers with alcohol and drug problems.
Abstract: The three main areas requiring attention are adequate funding to expand the system, assistance to providers in finding facility sites and overcoming community opposition, and ensuring an adequate and trained staff. Treatment works and is cost-effective. However, the current treatment system focuses on individual drugs rather than the cross-addiction that is most common today. In addition, many existing programs are inadequate for adolescents, women with children, and pregnant women. To address these problems, the State should adopt the following seven policy goals: (1) treatment on demand, (2) a sensible continuum of care, (3) service to special population, (4) consolidation of State agencies, (5) interagency coordination, (6) reform of prevention and education strategies, and (7) establishment of workforce development strategies for treatment personnel. The State has made a good start, but needs to focus on implementing these long-range goals. Figures and list of participants in policy discussions
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): New York; State plans
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