Pregnancy and Alcohol

Priority Treatment

Laws mandating priority access to public and private substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum women who abuse alcohol.

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Changes Over Time for Priority Treatment
Jurisdiction Date Range Priority Applies to Whom? Program Type(s) Provider Type(s) Medical
Records
Confidentiality
Citations
Pregnant
Women
Postpartum
Women
Women
with
Children
Inpatient
Treatment
Outpatient
Treatment
Not
Specified
Public Private
Alaska (2249)
1/1/1968 - 10/14/2007         
Alaska (2209)
10/15/2007 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes Yes3 Citations
Arizona (4348)
1/1/1968 - 9/20/1991         
Arizona (2195)
9/21/1991 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYesYes 3 Citations
Arkansas (4346)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/2000         
Arkansas (2210)
7/1/2000 - 1/1/2020Yes  YesYes YesYesYes2 Citations
California (4350)
1/1/1968 - 12/31/1988         
California (2196)
1/1/1989 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes  1 Citations
Colorado (2254)
1/1/1968 - 3/1/2006         
Colorado (2211)
3/2/2006 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes  6 Citations
District of Columbia (4355)
1/1/1968 - 3/14/1990         
District of Columbia (2197)

DC has two distinct sets of statutes establishing publicly-funded treatment programs. The program described in this row, the Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Amendment Act of 1999, establishes a comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility to provide residential and outpatient treatment for persons who suffer from substance abuse, regardless of a person's ability to pay. Patients may choose this facility or choose among other providers (see the Drug Treatment Choice Program).

3/15/1990 - 1/1/2020Yes YesYesYes YesYes 5 Citations
District of Columbia (2258)

DC has two distinct sets of statutes establishing publicly-funded treatment programs. The program described in this row, the Drug Treatment Choice Program, provides DC residents seeking substance abuse treatment with a choice of treatment providers. Patients may choose a provider pursuant to this provision or the comprehensive treatment facility described in the Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Amendment Act of 1999.

3/15/1990 - 1/1/2020Yes Yes  YesYesYesYes6 Citations
Florida (4359)
1/1/1968 - 7/5/1989         
Florida (2260)
7/6/1989 - 6/30/2010Yes Yes  YesYesYes 3 Citations
Florida (2245)
7/1/2010 - 1/1/2020         
Georgia (4361)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/1991         
Georgia (2198)
7/1/1991 - 1/1/2020Yes  YesYes YesYesYes6 Citations
Illinois (4366)
1/1/1968 - 7/12/1993         
Illinois (2199)
7/13/1993 - 1/1/2020Yes YesYesYes YesYesYes4 Citations
Kansas (4369)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/1992         
Kansas (2200)
7/1/1992 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes Yes3 Citations
Kentucky (2269)
1/1/1968 - 6/23/2015         
Kentucky (2243)
6/24/2015 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes  3 Citations
Louisiana (4372)
1/1/1968 - 7/31/1991         
Louisiana (2270)
8/1/1991 - 7/31/2015Yes  Yes  Yes  2 Citations
Louisiana (2201)
8/1/2015 - 1/1/2020         
Maryland (4375)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/1993         
Maryland (2272)
7/1/1993 - 9/30/2015YesYes YesYes YesYes 3 Citations
Maryland (2202)
10/1/2015 - 1/1/2020         
Missouri (4381)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/1992         
Missouri (4380)
7/1/1992 - 10/29/2001Yes Yes  YesYesYesYes
Missouri (2203)
10/30/2001 - 1/1/2020YesYesYesYesYes YesYesYes2 Citations
Oklahoma (4394)
1/1/1968 - 6/4/2000         
Oklahoma (2204)
6/5/2000 - 1/1/2020Yes  YesYes YesYes 1 Citations
Texas (4404)
1/1/1968 - 12/31/2002         
Texas (2295)
1/1/2003 - 8/31/2004Yes YesYesYes Yes  
Texas (2244)

For the period September 1, 2004 through September 1, 2012, Texas eliminated its priority treatment requirement and created new substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women with dependent children. Successor regulations expressly set forth requirements for contracts for department-funded substance abuse treatment programs for “pregnant and postpartum women with dependent children.” 25 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 447.601, 447.602.

9/1/2004 - 9/1/2012         
Texas (2246)

Beginning September 2, 2012, program providers must adhere to applicable requirements of the federal Block Grant for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, including requirements concerning priority admissions for pregnant women pursuant to 45 CFR § 96.131. See 25 Tex. Admin. Code § 447.304.

9/2/2012 - 6/20/2015Yes        
Texas (2247)
6/21/2015 - 1/1/2020         
Utah (2296)
1/1/1968 - 5/4/2008         
Utah (2238)
5/5/2008 - 1/1/2020Yes    YesYes  3 Citations
Washington (4410)
1/1/1968 - 6/30/1989         
Washington (2205)

Washington law authorizes the Department of Social and Health Services to create an alcohol and drug treatment program for eligible indigent persons. Priority for receipt of treatment services is given to pregnant women and parents of young children. Wash. Rev. Code §§ 74.50.050, 74.50.055.

7/1/1989 - 12/31/2019Yes YesYesYes Yes  3 Citations
Washington (5091)
1/1/2020 - 1/1/2020         No Law
1 Citations
Wisconsin (4414)
1/1/1968 - 1/30/1990         
Wisconsin (4413)
1/31/1990 - 6/30/1998Yes  YesYes Yes  
Wisconsin (4412)
7/1/1998 - 7/31/2000Yes  YesYes YesYes 
Wisconsin (2206)
8/1/2000 - 1/1/2020Yes  YesYes YesYesYes3 Citations
Wyoming (4418)
1/1/1968 - 12/15/2002         
Wyoming (2302)
12/16/2002 - 12/9/2009Yes YesYesYes YesYesYes8 Citations
Wyoming (2242)
12/10/2009 - 1/1/2020