Addiction and recovery topics of discussion for Budgeting for Results Commission

Addiction and recovery were the topics of a meeting Wednesday of the Budgeting for Results Commission. (Photo courtesy: Dave Dahl/WJBC)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Addiction and recovery were the topics of a meeting Wednesday of the Budgeting for Results Commission, which seeks to efficiently tie dollar amounts to specific state programs.

Various treatment strategies came up, but they are not always easy to quantify. “It is very hard to measure the outcomes in a single way. There’s just a wide variety of opinion of whether engagement is the most important thing, whether harm reduction is the most important thing, whether abstinence is the most important thing,” said commission chairman Jim Lewis, “and the (Governor’s Office of Management and Budget) people have to make determinations of what outcome they want to measure and which dollars went into that outcome.”

The commission’s combing through state government with a long way to go.

The commission meets June 26 in Chicago.

Dave Dahl can be reached at news@wjbc.com. 

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