DHHS to establish pilot substance abuse treatment program

AUGUSTA — The Department of Health and Human Services will establish a pilot project in Washington County to provide treatment and recovery services for people dealing with substance abuse.

LD 12005, sponsored by state Rep. Anne Perry and signed by Governor Janet Mills June 27, requires DHHS to work with Healthy Acadia to develop and find funding for the project, according to a news release from Mills’ office.

The bill refers to substance abuse in Washington County as a “crisis” that requires “a systems approach.”

The project will include a central coordinating telephone system to assist Washington County residents with accessing services related treatment and recovery. It also will establish a council, made up of community members and organizations, responsible for providing a coordinated system of services.

DHHS must report on the project to legislators no later than Nov. 30, 2020. The pilot may be replicated in other rural areas of the state.

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