Treatment Voucher Program
Through Operation UNITE’s Treatment Voucher Program, low-income residents living within the 32-county service region may qualify for financial assistance to obtain long-term residential treatment for a substance use disorder. UNITE will pay a provider up to $5,000 for long-term (90 or more days) residential treatment for adults and juveniles. Detoxification treatments are not covered.
Since July 2005, UNITE has provided more than $17.6 million in vouchers for treatment.
“I’m so grateful for my UNITE voucher because it helped me pay to go to treatment and I finally got my life back. When I made the call and spoke to the UNITE staff I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect. After I made the call, I just felt in my heart that these people genuinely cared. I knew I wasn’t alone and there were people who supported me, without judging me whatsoever.”
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:
- The individual does not freely admit he/she has a substance or alcohol addiction.
- The individual has used any portion of a previous $5,000 voucher award.
- 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 (unless they have been ordered to a specific facility). 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 Help Line at 1-866-908-6483.