Substance Abuse Program Treats Families

TUCSON, June 8 (UPI) — An Arizona foundation says it has received a grant for $1 million to build a substance abuse recovery program for parents and children.

Officials of the Amity Foundation say the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco has awarded the foundation the funds to build Dragonfly Village, a state-of-the-art drug and alcohol treatment center for children and families at Amity Foundation’s Circle Tree Ranch in Tucson.

Ray Clarke, Dragonfly board president, says the treatment facility provides therapy for 100 families with problems of addiction, abuse and neglect. He says the Annie E. Casey Foundation points out that:

– The primary cause of poverty is drug related.

– There are only 159 residential treatment spaces for women and children in Arizona and 6,000 children per year have parents who need treatment that do not receive services.

– Restoring families through the teaching and community building process ensures that society will spend less on welfare, foster care, medical care, incarceration and other services that drain local, state and federal budgets.

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