Indiana 1st in Country to Use Software to Connect those with Addiction to Drug Treatment

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Indianapolis Star on 03/16/2018 by Shari Rudavsky

Linking people with substance use disorders to the treatment they need to kick their addiction has just become easier in Indiana.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Thursday announced a new partnership with a software platform that can help social workers find openings at treatment facilities. The partnership, funded by money from the 21st Century Cures Act, also includes Indiana 2-1-1, a local non-profit that helps provides referrals for a variety of social services.

In the past 18 months, FSSA has increased residential treatment capacity by 26 percent, spending $10.9 million of federal funds to do so.

“Now our challenge is this: How do we connect people with open beds?” said Dr. Jennifer Walthall, FSSA secretary.