The state-operated Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center will be closed after June 30 if the N.C. Senate’s version of the 2013-14 state budget is enacted.
Section 12F.7 of the Senate budget proposal submitted Wednesday said that the Department of Health and Human Services shall not allow any new admissions or readmissions to the three state-operated alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers after June 30. It follows with a direction that the DHHS will permanently cease operations at Walter B. Jones and the other centers, Julian F. Keith in Black Mountain and R.J. Blackley in Butner, by no later than Sept. 30.
In its place, the legislature would appropriate $10 million in the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year and $20 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the amount it considers as savings from closing the centers, and use the monies to contract with private licensed medical care organizations to provide community-based and residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment services, according to the budget proposal.
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