Free VS. State-Funded Rehab Centers

Both state-funded and free rehab centers can provide free and/or low-cost treatment services to address substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.

Free Vs. State-Funded Drug Rehab Centers

If you are searching for a free drug rehab program, you may have heard about free rehab centers, as well as rehab centers that are state-funded.

While these two types of recovery centers are similar, they can differ in one important way: the way they fund their services and what those services will cost you.

What Is A State-Funded Rehab Center?

A state-funded rehab center is a facility that gets its funding from either its home state or federal grants.

However, if you find a state-funded rehab facility, they may be called state-funded if they accept payments from the state or federal government, such as public health insurance.

Examples of funding that may pay for treatment at a state-funded rehab center:

  • Medicaid insurance programs
  • Medicare insurance programs
  • Tricare insurance programs
  • Indian Health Services insurance programs
  • federal grants, such as block grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • grants issued by funding from the state

What Is A Free Rehab Center?

A free rehab center generally refers to treatment centers that are truly free.

This definition can include state-funded rehab centers, but it also includes:

  • private rehab centers that offer scholarships and other funding sources to make treatment free
  • non-profit and not-for-profit organizations that rely on sponsorships and donations to make treatment free
  • faith-based organizations that often count on communities to donate time and money to fund free rehab programs

What’s The Difference Between State-Funded And Free Rehab Centers?

Free rehab centers typically refer to facilities that offer services free of charge, while state-funded rehab centers can refer to facilities that may offer services free, but may also charge a low fee for some or all services.

If a rehab facility claims its services are free, it is generally free due to donations in-kind and is free to all who enter the program.

State-funded rehab centers have a set amount of funding to cover costs of care and services.

This means they may only take so many program participants in a given month/year and can only offer treatment services and treatment duration for what’s covered by program guidelines.

State-funded programs may also require that you are eligible based on income and other requirements, due to state-based regulations they must follow in order to receive their grant.

What Type Of Rehab Center Is Right For You?

Which type of rehab center you should enter can be a tough decision. In addition to cost, there are other factors to weigh.

Some factors to consider include:

  • Will the rehab facility cover my rehab program in full or in part?
  • Do I have to meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify?
  • What level of care do I need (i.e. inpatient or outpatient)? Does the rehab center offer it?
  • What is the facility’s plan for long-term or continuing care?

If you cannot find a state-funded or free rehab center with openings, it may be best to find a treatment program in a different facility so you can get care right away.

Your Options If You Can’t Get Into A Free Or State-Funded Facility

If you can’t find a free or state-funded treatment center, you still have low-cost options for addiction recovery.

Here are some other ways to fund your alcohol or drug rehab program:

  • health insurance: This is the top way to mitigate the costs of addiction treatment, since many insurance programs cover most or all treatment expenses.
  • apply for a rehab scholarship: Some treatment facilities offer private scholarships to cover the full or partial cost of your rehab programs. You may have to qualify.
  • use your savings: If you have funds put away, there is no better investment you can make than investing in your health by seeking long-term recovery. Some 401k plans let you borrow against them for emergencies.
  • get a loan: Some lenders offer specific loans to cover the cost of rehab programs.
  • try crowdfunding: Many family and friends of those with substance use issues just want to see their loved one get help and may offer financial support.

Find A Low-Cost Recovery Center Today

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