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Presentations from SC and GA on SSA-RCO Collaboration

On March 1, 2019, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) co-hosted a call on State alcohol and drug agency coordination and collaboration with Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs).


The call featured examples of SSA-RCO collaboration through presentations by the following speakers:

  • Cassandra Price (NASADAD President; Director, Office of Addictive Diseases, GA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities)
  • Neil Campbell (Executive Director, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse)
  • Sara Goldsby (Director, South Carolina Dept. of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services [DAODAS])
  • Rich Jones (CEO/COO, FAVOR Greenville)


After introductions from Patty McCarthy Metcalf, Executive Director of FAVOR, and Rob Morrison, Executive Director of NASADAD, Sara Goldsby started her presentation with  a description of her State’s workforce vision: “South Carolina will have a stable, competent, multidisciplinary workforce that is qualified and adequate in number to ensure effective prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services for substance use disorders.” Director Goldsby spoke about the increased provision of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) over the past 2 years, and coinciding focus on recovery support services. Recovery support services are being funded in large part through the State Targeted Response (STR), State Opioid Response (SOR) grant programs. Some recovery-specific initiatives in SC include: Certified Peer Support Specialist Training; Emergency Department Stabilization; Peer Intervention with Law Enforcement; Engagement in Treatment and Transition Supports; Peer Support for Inmates (Jails and Prisons) & Drug Courts; and Engaging Families.


After Director Goldsby’s presentation, Rich Jones spoke about the role and history of FAVOR SC. FAVOR SC formed with a mission of promoting long-term recovery from substance use disorders through education, advocacy and recovery support services, resulting in healthier individuals, families, and communities. Since its inception in 2006, FAVOR SC has grown tremendously, and Mr. Jones noted that such growth wouldn’t be possible without the support of DAODAS. DAODAS’s strategic funding of individual chapters and special projects across the State has been essential to FAVOR SC’s success. Mr. Jones and Director Goldsby noted the importance of the relationship between their two entities in ensuring and enhancing recovery support for South Carolinians.


Director Price and Ms. Campbell then presented on their collaborative work to increase recovery support services in Georgia. They reviewed a timeline of recovery-focused initiatives in the State, starting in 2001 when Georgia became the first State in the country to provide Medicaid reimbursement for certified peer specialists. The presenters described their work as being similar to the recovery process itself, highlighting the following factors: building relationships by showing up for each other, honest communication, accountability, understanding that we’re in this together, building common goals, and being a good ally.


Slides from the guest presenters can be accessed below:

  • Recovery Services & Work with FAVOR SC – Sara Goldsby, Director, South Carolina Dept. of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
  • FAVOR SC– Rich Jones, CEO/COO, FAVOR Greenville
  • SSA-RCO Collaboration in Georgia – Cassandra Price, Director, Office of Addictive Diseases, GA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, and Neil Campbell, Executive Director, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

NASADAD releases updated fact sheet on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant

NASADAD has released an updated fact sheet on the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. The updated version includes a new analysis of the lost purchasing power of the SAPT Block Grant over the past decade; the latest outcomes data from the 2018 Block Grant Report; recent data on primary substance of use and demographics of individuals at time of admission; an overview of the set-asides within the Block Grant; the important role of the State alcohol and drug agencies; and more.

Here are some highlights:

  • The SAPT Block Grant is currently funded at $1.858 billion (FY 2019).
  • Over the past decade, SAPT Block Grant funding has not kept up with health care inflation, resulting in a 24% decrease in the real value of funding since FY 2009.
  • At discharge from Block Grant-funded programs, 76% of clients demonstrate abstinence from alcohol use, and 57% are abstinent from illicit drug use. Additionally, of clients discharged from treatment, 89% have stable housing, and 93% have had no arrests.
  • On average, SAPT Block Grant funds make up 68% of primary prevention funding in States and Territories. In 20 States, the prevention set-aside represents 75% or more of the State agency’s substance use prevention budget.
  • Pregnant women must be given priority in treatment admissions, and those that are referred to the State for treatment must be placed within a program or have interim arrangements (e.g., education on communicable diseases, counseling on effects of substance use on the fetus, referral to prenatal care, etc.) made within 48 hours.
  • Over one-third (34.1%) of individuals admitted to treatment in the publicly-funded system cited heroin or prescription opioids as their primary substance of use in 2016.