Substance Abuse Services
Substance abuse and mental health problems may create a challenge for
many families who are trying to get and keep a job. Recognizing this
as a potential barrier, North Carolina provides TANF (Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families) funding for at least one Qualified Professional in
Substance Abuse for each of the area Local Management Entities (LME).
Qualified Professionals in Substance Abuse are located in some local county departments of social services and are easily accessible by families and social services staff. In a concerted effort to identify adults for whom substance abuse is a challenge to successful employment, all Work First adults are screened using a standardized screening tool for risk of substance abuse. If there is evidence of substance abuse, a referral is made to the Qualified Professional in Substance Abuse, who completes a thorough assessment of the individual's situation. If appropriate, the professional develops a treatment plan and serves as the care coordinator to track the adult's progress through treatment. The substance abuse professional and the Work First case manager jointly develop a plan for the family to ensure success. If an adult refuses to be screened initially, the entire family is ineligible for Work First but is evaluated for Medicaid.
If a Qualified Professional in Substance Abuse determines treatment is appropriate and the adult fails to comply with the treatment plan, the adult is ineligible for cash assistance but continues to get Medicaid. The children, and if applicable, the second parent remain eligible for Work First. A protective payee is appointed to manage benefits for the family. The time clock continues to run and the individual is still required to participate in the employment program.
The children are referred for substance abuse prevention and other behavioral health services as needed. The treatment programs have increased services and provide self-sufficiency skills training and vocational support for individuals with substance abuse-related impairments.
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Page Modified 10/15/2012