Florida Drug Rehab Centers Brace For Outcome of Newly Blocked State Welfare Drug Testing Law

October 31, 2011

Florida drug rehab centers around the state are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a temporary block placed on Governor Rick Scott’s recently enacted state law requiring all welfare recipients to take and pass a drug test in order to receive the government benefits. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 35 year old Navy veteran and single father who applied for the program’s aid to help him with expenses while finishing his college degree. Federal judge Mary Scriven temporarily blocked Scott’s law under the guise that this was likely a violation of the Fourth Amendment which protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, and was therefore unconstitutional.

Florida drug rehab centers were very much affected by this law as those who tested positive for drugs were denied government assistance for one year’s time. A second failed drug test would result in the individual being denied welfare for a three year period. The ineligible period of time could be reduced if the individual underwent a drug treatment program, likely to be provided by the state’s rehab facilities, though it wasn’t clear who would foot the bill for said treatment. While Governor Scott attested that the law would likely save over 70 million dollars for the state of Florida, drug rehab facilities would need to be compensated for treatment services rendered which could make whatever savings earned irrelevant if the state were to sponsor these programs. While it wasn’t clear how the Governor’s office came to these figures, it was clear from his spokesperson that they planned on appealing the federal courts decision if it were to declare the new law unconstitutional.

The temporary injunction set in place by Judge Scrivens will hold until she is able to schedule a full hearing on the matter. Those who failed these tests, refused to take them as well as those currently enrolled in Florida drug rehab could reapply to the program immediately. The state’s Department of Children and Family Services was also instructed to approve all pending applications that are solely awaiting drug tests and testing results. Currently, over 7,000 welfare applicants in Florida underwent and passed the test, 32 failed the test and close to 1,600 Floridians refused to take the test and thus were denied benefits. Welfare benefits in the state of Florida are operated as an arm of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program which currently disperses $180 a month for one person or $364 a month for a family of four.

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