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Case Management

A service that is provided to youth and adults to help them gain access to needed medical, behavioral health, housing, employment, social, educational, and other services important to meeting basic human services.


Designed to help someone during the process of physical withdrawal from a drug. Detox alone is not enough to treat SUDs. It is often the first step taken before entering other types of treatment. Sometimes it may take longer, but detox usually lasts 3-7 days. Medical Detox usually takes place in a hospital or clinical setting and involves receiving medication and close supervision by physicians, nurses, or other trained healthcare professionals. Non-Medical Detox is different in that no medication is administered during the detoxification process unless previously prescribed and verified.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Assessment

Usually required for anyone that has been convicted of a DUI. A DUI assessment is completed by a Licensed or Certified professional. It is a structured set of questions to determine if a person may have an issue with alcohol or drugs. This assessment can last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. Zero Tolerance under 21 DUI - it is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to purchase and possess alcohol in Kentucky. Zero-tolerance laws make it a criminal DUI offense for drivers under the age of 21 to drive with even a small amount of alcohol in their system.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Education Class

Classes are usually required of anyone who has received a DUI conviction and has lost his or her driver’s license. These classes are geared toward prevention of future DUI’s and mostly consist of video presentations, group discussions, and worksheets. The number of classes required is different for each person and is based on terms set forth by a judge or probation officer.

Employment Assistance

A program that provides assistance to individuals looking for meaningful employment. Employment assistance programs help individuals find and maintain competitive employment in community settings and help with job searching, job development, and job support.

Family Residential

Treatment that requires you to live on on-site in a center that provides 24/7 care. Consists of many of the same treatment methods and duration of residential treatment, while providing special accommodations for pregnant women or for those with very young children. Most of these centers allow women to bring their young children with them to treatment.

Housing Assistance

A program that helps individuals find a safe and affordable place to live. Types of housing programs available vary based on income, desired location, and family size.


Inpatient treatment is the preferred option for those looking to get away from their current temptations and focus completely on sobriety with no distractions. Inpatient is very similar to short-term residential treatment, but usually takes place in a clinical or hospital setting and care is provided by more clinicians and healthcare professionals.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

A more structured outpatient treatment program where the individual receives services from 9-30 hours a week. IOPs allow individuals to continue working and living at home. This treatment type allows individuals to practice ways to stay drug/ alcohol free in real-life situations. It is often used to fill the gap between outpatient and inpatient treatment.

MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)

Combines the use of medication, counseling, and behavioral therapies, providing a whole-patient approach to the treatment of SUDs. An individual is able to focus on treatment and learn strategies on how to remain drug/alcohol free, while being able to work and manage other responsibilities. Medication is administered in controlled doses to reduce cravings and physical withdrawal symptoms. Law requires that a patient in a MAT program also receives other services like counseling, as medication alone is not enough for long-term sobriety.


Medicaid is a health care program that assists low-income families or individuals in paying for long-term medical and custodial care costs. Medicaid is a joint program, funded primarily by the federal government and run at the state level, where coverage may vary. Medicaid is available only to individuals and families that meet specified criteria. Recipients must be legal permanent residents or citizens of the United States and may include adults with low income, their dependents and people with specified disabilities. There are 5 Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through Medicaid in Kentucky: Anthem, WellCare, Passport, Aetna, and Humana.


Medicare is health insurance provided by the government for people age 65 or older. People who have certain disabilities or health problems, such as long-term (chronic) kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant, also may get insurance through Medicare. It covers some, but not all, medical costs for people who qualify.

Military Insurance (Tri-Care)

TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed American service members and their families.


Individuals visit a clinic or agency at least once a week and up to several hours a week to receive treatment. Outpatient facilities offer individual, group, and family therapy. With this structure, individuals can get the treatment they need without living at a facility.

Payment Plan

Many treatment providers offer payment plans which allow their clients to pay for the costs of treatment in smaller amounts over a set period of time. These plans may also be used if your insurance doesn’t cover the full cost of treatment.

Peer Support Specialist

People who use their own personal experience with substance use issues and success in recovery to help guide and support others who are in recovery or searching for treatment options. Peer Support Specialists work with licensed or certified counselors to provide people with direction, encouragement, and important life skills during their time of recovery.

Private Health Insurance

Private health insurance is often offered through employers or other organizations. Some insurance plans work with certain health care providers and facilities, which are part of the plan's network, to provide care at lower costs. This is called managed care. The two most common types of managed care plans are health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs).


Most residential treatment centers offer group, individual, and family therapy. This type of treatment provides 24/7 care and focuses on helping individuals change their behaviors in a structured environment. Education, life skills, and strategies on how to remain drug/alcohol free are often included as part of residential treatment. Short-term treatment is considered to be any length of time less than 90 days, but it can be as little as a few weeks. With a 1 to 3-month program duration, a short-term drug treatment program provides the essential services you need to break the cycle of addiction in a more intense and concentrated fashion. Many short-term treatment centers also assist in transitioning patients to outpatient services after their initial residential treatment cycle. Long-term treatment, on the other hand, is longer than 90 days, and can even be as long as one year in a few situations. Long-term programs can vary significantly. For example, some experts suggest that long-term programs should provide eight hours per week of counseling, and seven hours per day should be spent on structured activities. Some programs require residents to abide by a strict and structured set of rules, or else they will be asked to leave immediately. Other programs are much more lenient, even allowing residents to work outside the community and spend some nights in the homes of friends and family members. Family treatment consists of many of the same treatment methods and durations of the short- and long-term treatment types, while providing special accommodations for pregnant women or those with very young children.


Self-pay drug treatment programs offer a viable alternative to private medical insurance and are becoming increasingly popular. Having the choice of self-pay drug treatment programs gives the individual the opportunity to pay the treatment costs in full. This does not necessarily mean that financial assistance is not offered; simply that self-pay is an acceptable payment method. To find out more about self-pay drug treatment program options please contact them directly.

Sliding-Scale Fee

The sliding scale payment method is a type of fee structure that is based on a person or family’s ability to pay. This is because financing addiction treatment can be expensive. In facilities that offer sliding scale fees, patients will typically only be required to pay an amount of money that they can reasonably afford. Individuals with lower incomes, for instance, will be required to pay less than those with higher incomes.

Smoking Cessation Program

A program that helps you stop or reduce smoking through the use of gum, patches, medication, and support groups.


State-funded treatment centers are organizations that use government money, distributed by the state, to support people in recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs. For those without a lot of income or with inadequate or no insurance, these centers provide detox, treatment, and support services.

Treatment Scholarships

Scholarships are very similar to an educational scholarship in that they are a third-party program that provides funding for individuals seeking help from free residential centers. One of the easiest ways to find out more about rehab scholarships is by calling a preferred treatment facility and asking about any affiliations they have with rehab scholarship programs. Scholarship organizations typically work on helping three main groups of people: * Individuals without medical insurance. * Those who are not able to pay for rehab out of pocket. * People who are unable to qualify for a loan because of bad credit.