ASAC Receives Over $1 Million to Enhance Services and Support Our Patients

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Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) receives a 4 year, $410,000 per year grant to enhance services for patients with substance use disorders that are experiencing homelessness.

{Iowa, October 15, 2018} Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), a leading behavioral healthcare provider in the field of substance use disorders, received a $410,000 4 year grant. The grant was endowed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the purpose of supporting the expansion of community infrastructures that integrate behavioral health treatment and services for permanent housing and other critical services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The goal of the project is to utilize intensive case management, community collaboration and linkage to services to assist patients in overcoming barriers to their long term recovery by accessing stable housing in Clinton and Linn Counties. The funding will be used to provide additional wrap-around supports such as childcare, transportation, housing, employment, education, and basic needs that are needed to improve retention in services and access to permanent housing. A steering committee will be created to implement a multidisciplinary team approach. Funding will allow the hiring of a Project Coordinator and two new Care Navigators positions in Linn and Clinton Counties.

Gabe Gluba, Director of Clinton/Jackson Clinical Services for ASAC notes “We’re very grateful for this funding opportunity from SAMHSA as we know how important it is to utilize a housing first approach to address homelessness and a multidisciplinary team approach to address substance use disorder. This grant allows us to integrate these two effective methods into one project.”

Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) is one of the Iowa’s largest substance use disorder treatment and prevention providers, serving five counties in eastern Iowa. ASAC provides a continuum of care ranging from prevention, through treatment and long term recovery support services to address substance use disorders.

Area Substance Abuse Council

Gabe Gluba, Director of Clinton/Jackson Clinical Services

(563) 243-2124

ASAC will be part of a new 5 year, $125,000 per year Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) in Jackson County to prevent substance abuse among youth and improve community collaboration! Jackson County will serve as the fiscal agent for this grant and will contract with ASAC to coordinate the services. Julie Furne has been selected as the Project Coordinator for this grant.


We are now able to offer evening childcare services for families at the Heart of Iowa! This service allows mothers to attend community support groups, seek employment, participate in family based treatment, and spend 1:1 time with each child. Funding has been received from the Iowa Women’s Foundation and the following Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation funds: Diamond V Corporate Fund, Program Grant Fund, and Bloomhall Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund.


ASAC received a $50,000 per year CARA Local Drug Crisis grant from SAMHSA to support prevention programming in Jones County! This grant will enable us to expand efforts to address youth methamphetamine and opioid related concerns in collaboration with the Jones County Safe and Health Youth Coalition. Jennifer Husmann will be the Project Coordinator for this grant.


We are excited to be part of a new grant to expand medication assisted treatment (MAT) in Clinton County! The City of Clinton will serve as the fiscal agent and will partner with ASAC to provide care navigation for patients with substance use disorders who need assistance managing their recovery support services. Gabe is currently hiring a Care Navigator for Clinton to support this work.


ASAC has been selected as a pilot training site for a new curriculum, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers (AMSR-SUD).  This is being created by the Suicide Prevention Research Center (SPRC) for SAMHSA. The training will be provided to ASAC at no cost and will take place in early 2019.