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Written by Caroline Nilsen   

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency services are provided by various contracted providers throughout Nevada. These activities are largely funded by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), along with matching State General Funds; however, other small funding sources are mentioned below as appropriate:

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Early Intervention
This service is offered to adults for the explicit purpose of exploring and addressing problems (risk factors) that appear to be related to substance abuse while helping the individual to recognize the harmful consequences of inappropriate use and abuse of a substance or substances.
Comprehensive Evaluation
This level of service is specifically focused at evaluating the needs of adults potentially possessing both a substance abuse disorder and mental health issues.
Social Model Detoxification
This treatment provides low-intensity detoxification services for clients whose detoxification/withdrawal signs and symptoms are severe enough to warrant 24-hour structure and support. This level of care involves maintaining appropriate monitoring and observation of client behavior by trained staff to identify any detoxification symptoms that might increase in intensity and be life threatening. The funds from the State Liquor Tax are dedicated to this program.
Residential Treatment
This treatment provides a supportive in-house treatment for clients who have been identified with a substance dependency diagnosis. Treatment emphasis is on recovery skills, preventing relapse, improving emotional functioning, promoting personal responsibility, and reintegrating the client into the world of work, education, and family life.
Outpatient Treatment
This level of care is offered for less than nine hours 9 hours for adults and adolescents. Services at this level can be used to expose the client that is resistant to change to the main components of an addiction treatment process while motivational techniques continue to engage client involvement.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
This treatment is offered to adults and adolescents who have been assessed as requiring a more intensive level of intervention. The components of care involved with this service level include, but are not limited to, a professional directed evaluation, group counseling, education, skill building, case management, and individual counseling.
Transitional Housing Services
Transitional housing is an alternative living environment for adults and adolescents where the level of care focus is on existing emotional/ cognitive/behavioral issues underlying past usage, readiness for change and the client’s ongoing recovery process in conjunction with an outside living environment.
Opioid Maintenance Treatment
This level of service provides Opioid substitution therapy on an outpatient basis.
Co-occurring Disorders Programs
Specializes in services for people with both mental illness and substance abuse problems. SAPTA contracts with community providers for outpatient co-occurring treatment services for adults and adolescents in both Clark and Washoe Counties.
Counseling and Education
SAPTA provides testing, counseling, and referrals to treatment services regarding HIV/TB, risks of sharing needles, risks of sexual behavior as required by the block grant set-aside funding.
Prevention education services are also provided through 11 coalitions statewide. Prevention is broad based in the sense that it is intended to address a wide range of at risk behaviors. These services are funded with Federal block grant funds and State General Funds.
Data Collection
SAPTA also collects and reports data regarding substance abuse as required by SAMHSA. This activity is partially funded by a data infrastructure contract with a private entity which is funded by SAMHSA.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2011 21:00