Drug Courts Receive “Historic” Level of Federal Funding

by Mary C. Piemonte

DrugCourts  photo courtesy of The Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training ProgramDrug Courts, DWI (driving while intoxicated) Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts are expected to get a “historic” amount of federal funding next year thanks to President Barack Obama, who signed into law the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill on Dec. 16, 2014.

Combined, the three Drug Courts will receive a total of $97.4 million -$1.5 million above this year’s fiscal amount according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

NADCP also announced in their press release more support for “other critical program areas” projected to impact their work, including funding for “the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPT) at $1.819 billion; $68 million for Reentry Programs/Second Chance; $27.5 million for Justice Reinvestment Initiative; $8.5 million for Mental Health Courts; and $376 million for the Byrne/Justice Assistance Grant Program. Further, Congress appropriated $12 million for opioid treatment services and another $8.7 million for education and training for opioid treatment programs.”

NADCP CEO West Huddleston stated in the press release that “Thanks to the leadership of Congress, the FY ’15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill will spare millions from the ravages of drug dependence, stem the tide of the opioid overdose epidemic plaguing far too many, and ensure that our returning veterans who suffer from substance use and mental health disorders receive the treatment they have earned.”

Huddleston added that the support “ is a testament to the work done day in and day out by dedicated justice and treatment professionals across the nation.”

Last month, NADCP and its Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts had been granted Consultant Status to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council, which they claim is “a major milestone” allowing them to formally function on the international level with this UN “seal of approval.”

Learn more information on this development here.

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