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(Executive Order 01.10.2004.42)
 
I have heard that the Council is developing a formula to be used in the allocation of ADAA treatment and prevention money. Is this true?
 
In the Joint Chairmen’s Report-Operating Budget, 2006 Session, language was inserted that charged the Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, in consultation with local drug and alcohol abuse councils, to develop a formula for the allocation of all alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment funds distributed by the ADAA to local jurisdictions. It is the intent of the General Assembly that such a formula be implemented to apply to all ADAA prevention and treatment funding distributed to local jurisdictions by fiscal 2010. To develop the formula, the Council hired an expert consultant and established a workgroup consisting of members of the State Council, members of local councils, Health Officers, treatment, prevention and provider advocates, and government officials.
 
Why is a formula necessary?
 
The use of a formula will increase the likelihood that available resources through ADAA for drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services will be equitably distributed to jurisdictions based on need rather then other criteria.

I have heard that jurisdictions will be “held harmless” in the implementation of a funding formula. What does that mean?
 
The Joint Chairmen’s Report states that, in developing a formula, consideration should be given to holding jurisdictions harmless from the impact of any developed formula. In general, to hold a jurisdiction harmless from the impact of a new allocation scheme implies that it cannot be harmed fiscally by losing funds or service capacity, but exactly what “hold harmless” means in this instance and how, in the current fiscal climate, this concept will be applied is to be determined by the Formula Workgroup.
 
Will there be a separate formula for prevention and treatment?
 
While nothing has been voted on, based on the discussion during the first workgroup meeting, the general sentiment of the group appears to be that treatment and prevention should each have their own formula.