Most of the out-of-state clients at a Texas drug and alcohol treatment network for youths come from Oklahoma.
It’s not a large number, said Eddie Underwood, outreach director for the Shoreline Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, but “I see more kids from Oklahoma than I do from New Mexico, Louisiana or Colorado.
“People we’ve put in the program have said they couldn’t find anything in Oklahoma. I’ve had a lot of calls from Oklahoma from people that are looking for placement of a child but don’t have insurance. Oklahoma doesn’t have many state-funded recovery programs for kids.”
Shoreline has a main residential treatment facility in Corpus Christi and four outreach offices in Anson, Fort Worth, Stephenville and San Antonio. It treats 13 to 17-year-olds.
Some of the Oklahoma teens come from places right across state lines, Underwood said, but most come from cities. When possible, Shoreline assists with transportation.
“We’ve got to help them somehow,” he said.
Heath Bechler, chief executive officer of the faith-based King’s Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center in Wichita, Kan., said the situation he sees in the north is similar. He estimates that 95 percent of those treated come from Kansas, while 3 percent travel from Oklahoma. Only 2 percent come from all other states, he said.