Financial help available for heroin rehab in York County


All too often it takes a heroin user hitting rock bottom before they seek treatment, experts testified during a hearing in York City on Tuesday.

But sometimes financial constraints also keep people from going to rehab, experts said during the Center for Rural Pennsylvania hearing on heroin and opioid treatment held at the Yorktowne Hotel.

"No. 1 reason why people don't get treatment is they can't afford it," said Ken Martz, of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. "No. 2 reason is stigma" of being an addict.

Though treatment can be costly, there is financial assistance available in York County, Tom Callahan, executive director of the county-operated White Deer Run rehabilitation center, said after he provided testimony.

A 21-day stay at the facility can cost between $4,000 and $6,000, but a person's health insurance company could pick up a large portion of the bill, leaving someone to pay a co-pay, which could be as little as $1 a day, he said.

Financial assistance from the county for those entering White Deer Run also is offered to those who qualify, he said, adding medical assistance through the state is also available.

"We try to help anyone who comes to us and get them the treatment they need," Callahan said.

Additional funding may be coming from the federal government as part of an initiative announced by President Barack Obama.

The White House is launching a new $5 million initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking of the drug, particularly in states along the East Coast. About half of the money will fund a program to link public health and law enforcement agencies, with the goal of prioritizing treatment for drug users over punishments.

Monday's announcement comes amid a spike in heroin use and deaths in the United States.

Where to get help

White Deer Run of York

Location: 106 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township

Admissions phone: (855) 260-7469

Capacity: 24 beds, including seven for detox

Average number of residents: 22

Staffing: About 24 staff members

Length of stay: About five to seven days for detox; up to 42 days for rehab

Services: 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, therapy sessions, small group counseling, educational lectures, sober recreation

Rates: $200 to $400 per day

Mental health treatment: Yes

Funding sources accepted: County programs, medical assistance, private insurance, self-payment

Clarity Way

Location: 544 Iron Ridge Road in Heidelberg Township

Admissions phone: (877) 546-4830

Capacity: Main rehab has 22 beds, including six for detox; the Cottage at Clarity Way, a more exclusive facility, has six rehab beds and one detox bed

Average number of residents: 22 to 24

Staffing: 78 employees

Length of stay: Rehab programs run from 14 days to 90 days or longer

Services: Individual and group therapy sessions, massage therapy, acupuncture, life coaching, art and music therapy, fitness and sports activities

Rates: Vary, based on private or semi-private room

Mental health treatment: Yes

Funding sources accepted: Insurance and self-payment (no medical assistance)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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