JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – No one in Mississippi who’s applied for welfare assistance through a federal program has undergone treatment since the state enacted a drug testing law two years ago.
State Department of Human Services spokesman Paul Nelson tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/2ePSofd ) that the agency hasn’t spent any money for drug treatment as a result of drug testing under the Temporary Aid For Needy Families program.
The program, which is administered by the state, provides temporary assistance for low-income people.
Nelson says that since the law was established in August 2014, 307 people applying for TANF benefits have been tested for drugs. Fifty-six have lost benefits because they didn’t pass a drug test or refused to undergo the testing.
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com