ACA May Cause Washington Recovery Programs to Shutter | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

ACA May Cause Washington Recovery Programs to Shutter

Many not-for-profit agencies may be forced to cut back, sell assets, or even close altogether now that federal funding has assumed control of their budgets.


Some addicts may find themselves on the streets
without care. Shutterstock

By Paul Gaita


| Share

Outpatient programs for drug and alcohol treatment in the state of Washington may have received a serious and possibly fatal blow by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.

A report from Seattle’s KING 5 News has stated that executives at publicly funded addiction recovery centers are facing substantial cutbacks now that federal funding from the ACA has assumed control of their budgets.

In the past, the state has helped these facilities bridge any funding gaps. But with the passage of the ACA, some agencies have been forced to tap their reserve funds to cover the difference or consider ending outpatient services for thousands of Washington residents, or even shuttering their locations altogether. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which oversees Washington State’s social service programs, has said that it is the job of the state legislature to authorize the payments needed to keep these non-profits in business.

According to the KING 5 report, the legislature has two weeks to amend the state budget in order to allow or deny these payments. Agencies like the Recovery Centers of King County have considered selling off some of their buildings, while other smaller programs may be forced to close altogether.

What remains out of the equation is the care of patients across the state that rely on counseling and meetings several days per week. “The patients will not go away,” said Recovery Centers of King County CEO Pat Knox, Ph.D. “They will be on long waiting lists to receive treatment, and they will fill the hospitals and jails. More of them will be living on the streets of Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods as their addiction progresses.”

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv