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Bush Plan For Drug Free Public Housing Is Off Base

A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski
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Published On: July 22, 2001          Updated On: August 07, 2001
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Bush Plan For Drug Free Public Housing Plan Is Off Base 010721

Ananda Shorey of the Associated Press reported on July 16, 2001 that President Bush plans to eliminate funding for a program that has been proven to rid housing projects of drugs and crime.  

The drug elimination program, run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides $310 million in  grants to municipal housing authorities for a variety of programs to help improve the lives of the housing projects' poor residents.  The current program is based upon a Public Health Model that addresses a wide array of factors that contribute to drug use and crime in public housing projects.  The program provides tenants with a base of support services aimed at reducing drug-dealing, crime and addiction in their neighborhoods.  

The grant money is used to educate, prevent and treat drug addicts; hire security personnel and investigators; buy security devices, such as cameras and fences; and improve security and drug prevention programs.  One of the goals is to help people to get off and stay off of drugs by providing group and individual counseling sessions that are often conducted addiction counselors, many of whom are recovering addicts.  Some of the drug-elimination money is used to pay for a supplemental security force of residents. Participants get a $50 rent credit after they spend 32 hours checking buildings for suspicious behavior and hazardous conditions. 

President Bush argues that the program does not work and that there are better ways to make public housing safer and help people straighten out their lives. .  He prefers to see an increased focus upon evictions, drug enforcement with increased policing, and the use of faith-based programs to drug counseling.  

Here we see the misuse of the Faith-based initiative in action.  Programs that offer drug counseling provided by properly trained and credentialed counselors in licensed programs is being replaced by a vague expectation that faith-based programs using poorly trained volunteers exempt from all quality standards and accountability will be able to do the job just as well.

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Terence T. Gorski is internationally recognized for his contributions to Relapse Prevention Therapy. The scope of his work, however, extends far beyond this. A skilled cognitive behavioral therapist with extensive training in experiential therapies, Gorski has broad-based experience and expertise in the chemical dependency, behavioral health, and criminal justice fields.

To make his ideas and methods more available, Gorski opened The CENAPS Corporation, a private training and consultation firm of founded in 1982.  CENAPS is committed to providing the most advanced training and consultation in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields.

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