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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Gonzales
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/3/06
HB 701
SHORT TITLE Taos County Long-Term Drug Abuse Treatment
SB
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
198.8
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to HB 347 (Taos County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program).
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
Health Policy Commission (HPC)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 701 appropriates $198,800 from the general fund to the Department of Health to con-
tract for long-term drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation in Taos County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $198,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Department of Health (DOH), extensive research shows that long-term treat-
ment has been most effective for persons who are severely addicted to alcohol and drugs such as
methamphetamine.
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The DOH Epidemiology and Response Division reports that, in 2000-2002, Taos County ranked
9th in the state for alcohol- and drug-related deaths (a rate of 85 deaths per 100,000);
7th for alcohol- and drug-related hospitalizations (902 hospitalizations per 100,000);
2nd for state-funded substance abuse treatment admission rates from 2001-2003 (106 admis-
sions per 100,000);
7th in the state for death rates from alcohol-related chronic disease (37 per 100,000);
7th in the state for alcohol-related injury (31 per 100,000);
6th for alcohol-related chronic liver disease death (17 per 100,000); and
5th for alcohol-related motor vehicle crash deaths (13 per 100,000) from 1999-2003.
HB 701 is not part of the DOH executive budget request.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DOH notes that all behavioral health resources are currently being administered through the In-
teragency Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative. The resources would be allocated
through coordination with this Collaborative.
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