Voucher Program

Through Operation UNITE’s Treatment Voucher Program low-income residents of the Fifth Congressional District who suffer from substance abuse issues can receive financial assistance to obtain short-term and long-term residential treatment. Since July 2005 UNITE has provided $5.8 million in vouchers.

UNITE will pay a provider up to $3,000 for short-term (up to 89 days) or up to $5,000 long-term (90 or more days) residential treatments for adults and juveniles. Detoxification treatments are not covered.

Through September 30, 2010:

Individuals entering a treatment program 1,983
Individuals completing a treatment program 1,257
Individuals currently in or awaiting to enter a treatment program 127

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for a UNITE treatment voucher, applicants must:

  • Verify that they have been a resident of the Fifth Congressional District for at least 6 months prior to applying.
  • Meet income guidelines based on household size.
  • Complete an assessment screening by UNITE personnel.

An applicant is not eligible if:

  • They have previously received treatment through the UNITE Voucher Program.
  • They failed to complete a previous voucher treatment placement for any reason.
  • They have a pending criminal charge or active bench warrant unless prior court approval is provided.

If an applicant is deemed eligible they will be contacted by UNITE officials who will provide treatment recommendations. Participants make the final decision regarding what treatment facility to enter. Priority will be given to participants with no treatment history, juveniles, intravenous drug users and pregnant women.

For more information about eligibility requirements call the UNITE Treatment Line at 1-866-908-6483.