SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County is looking to triple local and federal spending on addiction treatment from $54.6 million to $179.6 million, officials announced Monday.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to vote on a Substance Use Disorders Treatment Delivery System aimed at assisting low-income residents facing addiction in addressing the systemic damage the disease inflicts on them, their families and their communities.
The move comes amid a rise in deaths attributed to addiction, which is closely linked to other mental illnesses and homelessness, county officials said at a Monday news conference.
The additional funding would expand the county's existing provider network of case managers, counselors and residential recovery facilities and increase the number of residents served. The increase in funding represents local spending as well as federal grants.
"With more tools in the toolbox and better connections between providers, this means clients will experience more effective services and a better chance at recovery," said Alfredo Aguirre of the county Health and Human Services Agency.
Supervisor Greg Cox termed the program a "big, bold step."
Methamphetamine was the number-one cause of drug-related deaths in San Diego County and was at an all-time high in 2016, according to the medical examiner's office. Other leading factors in drug-related deaths were opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol.
Looking forward to joining Supervisor Greg Cox, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cindy Cipriani, DA Summer Stephan, Behavioral Health Services Director Alfredo Aguirre, McAlister Institute CEO Jeanne McAlister and more to unveil an effort to triple spending on substance abuse disorders. pic.twitter.com/x5ObZSOrKX— Ron Roberts (@RonRobertsSD) March 26, 2018
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.