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Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Purchaser: Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Program: Chemical Dependency Prevention and Intervention Services

Description: The Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) provides chemical dependency prevention and treatment services through contracted vendors and other state agencies. Prevention services include screening and referrals which link prevention to treatment. The majority of TCADA’s service dollars are designated for treatment. Medical services include methadone treatment, which requires dispensation by medical personnel, and detoxification, which requires medical oversight.

In fiscal 1998, more than $9.9 million was spent on medical services. State general revenues account for 10 percent, while the remaining $8.9 million are federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant monies. SAPT also provides funds for other treatment services.

Eighty-nine percent of TCADA clients have no medical insurance: the average adult receiving services earns just over $7,000 annually. For the 1998-1999 biennium, TCADA’s appropriations were used to treat more than 60,000 adults and more than 6,000 youths. The targeted average annual cost per adult completing a TCADA program was $1,804. The targeted average annual cost of treatment for youths completing the program was $6,475. The cost for youth treatment is higher because TCADA provides additional services to address educational, legal, family and behavior modification needs.

Texas Total, Fiscal 1998
Amount Spent: $ 9,945,117 TCADA Medical Treatment Services
Type of Funding:
  $994,512 General Revenue (approx. 10%)
  $ 8,950,605 Federal Funds (approx. 90%)
  $ 9,945,117 Total

Source: Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse