Paying for treatment

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Paying for treatment

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I've been asked; who really does pay for treatment? That's the million dollar question. What I am finding across the country is that parents are draining their 401Ks and all of their savings, just to get their child in treatment. What I've learned is -- I don't know for every state, but I'll give you an example, Pennsylvania. There is a law in Pennsylvania called Act 106, that I found out after the death of my daughter. That guarantees every person the right to seven days detox, and, at minimum, 30 days treatment. That's the law. Most insurance companies are not going to tell you that. I beg to find one that really would. What a parent needs to do is, first, take your insurance card and turn it over. There is a customer service number. Call and ask what service they provide for drug and alcohol. If they don't, you may want to look for one that does. Sometimes, you may qualify for that can help you pay for treatment. What I would tell you is, don't stop looking for help. Try and find those resources before you use your 401Ks, and before you drain all of your resources. The last thing you want to do is to have your child come out and not have a place to come home to because all your financial resources are gone. Look, call you insurance and see what they cover. Try and find resources that are out there and available for you.

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Sharon LeGore

Family Advocate

Sharon is the founder and president of Momstell, a parent advocacy organization she created after the death of her daughter to a drug overdose.  She created the Momstell website in order to expand the mission to join concerned parents and families to work together towards improving drug treatment, education, legislation, and policy. Mrs. LeGore has worked on many drug and alcohol policy, state budget and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, including legislation to create the first statewide Parent Advisory Council for substance abuse issues in Pennsylvania. She serves on several policy tables and co-chairs the PA Children’s Advisory Committee.

Mrs. LeGore is a consultant on substance abuse family involvement issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and is also the co-director of the SAMHSA sponsored “National Family Dialogue”. Sharon co-authored the CSAT/SAMHSA report “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue”, an issue brief entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment” a journal piece for Reclaiming Futures entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: What do we know and what lies ahead”, co-authored the “Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: Results of a Family Survey” as well as several additional published articles. She is a national speaker and also serves on the Parent Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Sharon is the mother of four and resides in Mt Wolf, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry.

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