"When I go away this office is going to be there. ..." she said. "This was foresight and leadership by our agency."
Neil Kaltenecker, the state's director of addictive diseases services, is leaving the Georgia Department of Human Resources as of Friday, according to the DHR. Kaltenecker has been the director while some major overhauls were made to the state's addictive disease treatment policies.
Most controversial has probably been the push to a more outpatient based treatment program for addicts, which I've written about several times. Last week I did a piece about a girl that died after the state shut down the residential program she'd been in.
The DHR won't say officially why Kaltenecker is leaving, and I have no reason to believe the two are related or that this signals a shift in DHR policy on this issue. But I have no reason to believe otherwise, either.
Basically, what I don't know could fill a warehouse.
Interestingly, though, I found this while looking on the DHR Website for something else. It's from their FAQ section on drug addiction:
4. How long does drug addiction treatment usually last?
Individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various speeds, so there is no predetermined length of treatment. However, research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness, and treatments lasting significantly longer often are indicated.
It seems to me that the DHR is acknowledging that it takes time and intense treatment to treat drug problems, while at the same time cutting back on long-term residential treatment programs and expanding less-intense outpatient ones.