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Friday, October 5, 2007

Grant to aid drug, alcohol patients

October 5, 2007

San Diego County has received a $7.7 million grant to offer drug and alcohol screenings and treatment referrals to consenting patients at local hospitals.

The money, to be spent over three years, comes from two state agencies: the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

The idea is that patients seeking emergency care for health problems caused or worsened by alcohol or drug use might be more willing to join a treatment program than those at a police station, said Jennifer Schaffer, director of the county's Behavioral Health Services department.
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