Although Washington state once provided additional dollars to addiction treatment organizations to smooth the funding gap, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly changed the way providers do business, according to King 5 News.
In Seattle, the Recovery Centers of King County spent $21,000 of its limited reserve dollars in January to make up the funding gap.
The CEO of the company, Pat Knox, PhD, is unsure how the organization will survive the year. Many treatment providers were aware that changes were coming, and many even anticipated a reduction in fees, but were unaware of the magnitude.
The article stated:
The nonprofits KING 5 contacted say if the legislature doesn't make a budget fix in the next two weeks, outpatient services for thousands of people will be scrapped. The Recovery Centers of King County is considering selling their Seattle building or closing down one of their two locations altogether.
Until the legislature makes another move, the organizations are left to serve the patients with the resources that are still available. According to the article, Knox believes that the smaller organizations will all be forced to close, waiting lists will grow significantly, and jails and hospitals will fill with those who are unable to receive treatment.