Can Austin Recovery Recover?
Recent publicity on the plight of Family House generated hundreds of phone calls to TCADA, which reportedly reconsidered the matter and offered to kick in $300,000. That was last week, but alumni/volunteer coordinator Stephanie Sheppard said the center is still negotiating with TCADA on that front.
The budget cuts, Sheppard says, are in keeping with TCADA's move toward putting more money into outpatient treatment sites, despite substantial evidence pointing to higher success rates at residential treatment facilities. Some of the center's other residential services, such as the detox and women's programs, sustained serious budget hits as well. Detox's funding was reduced to zilch, and women's residential received just $22,419 in state funding almost $294,000 less than what was allocated a year ago. For more information on Austin Recovery, call 997-0101 or go to www.austinrecovery.org.