ACA affects drug rehab funds: Federal health law causing San Mateo County centers to struggle with demand, resources

Although the Affordable Care Act implemented sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system that support treatment for those with drug and alcohol addiction, two San Mateo County rehabilitation centers are struggling to provide services as the new law had unintended consequences.

Project 90 and Our Common Ground are struggling as demand is increasing but other funding sources are drying up since many assumed the federal health care system would now pick up the tab.

“We’re getting more and more people applying, but we’ve got less funded space and we’ve been trying to wait for how [the ACA] is going to work itself out, but it’s gotten to the point where we’re going to have to make alterations,” said Jim Stansberry, executive director of the San Mateo-based Project 90.

Read the full story by Samantha Weigel, Daily Journal.