DBHDS Press Releases
For Immediate Release: March 20, 2009
Governor Kaine Announces Expansion of Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Miners
~ Unique program gets miners back to work while receiving treatment for addiction to prescription pain medication ~
RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced today the expansion of the Commonwealth substance abuse treatment program for miners in Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) will receive $285,000 of federal funding to build on the success of its unique treatment program for miners who have lost their mining certification due to addiction to prescription pain medication. Provisions for the funds were offered by U.S. Senator Jim Webb.
treatment provided by this project will get affected miners the help
they need to go back to work addiction free,” Governor Kaine said. “We
have an obligation to do what we can to help these citizens, especially
through our enhancement of the community services boards that serve
address rising drug problems in
Services provided by the program include a thorough assessment and appropriate treatment, usually outpatient. Based on their progress, participants may return to work but must continue to engage in treatment, participate in self-help groups, and submit to random drug screens. Positive screens are reported to DMME and are considered violations resulting in suspension from mining certification.
“There were 8.3 drug-related deaths per every 100,000 Virginians in 2006. In the counties targeted by these funds, there was an average of 33.4 such deaths per 100,000 in the same year,” said Frank Tetrick, assistant commissioner of the DMHMRSAS Division of Services and Supports. “Treatment will help improve quality of life in many areas like the general health of the participants, the social and financial security of their families and safety in their communities.”
Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public Behavioral Health and Developmental services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DMHMRSAS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with mental health, mental retardation or substance abuse disorders.
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