On Tuesday, December 16, President Obama signed into law the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY ’15) Omnibus Appropriations bill. Combined, Drug Courts, DWI Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts received a historic mark of $97.4 million - $1.5 million above FY ’14!
Support for other critical program areas that impact our work include 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.
“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,” said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. “This support is a testament to the work done day in and day out by dedicated justice and treatment professionals across the nation.”
In Drug Court, drug addicted individuals get the help they need to transform their lives. In fact, Drug Court is the nation's most succesful program at reducing drug abuse, crime, and recidivism, while saving money for tax payers.
Every one of us has been touched by addiction in some way. Whether you work in Drug Court or are just a concerned citizen, we can all be a part of the solution.
At NADCP, we believe that when one person rises out of drug abuse and crime, we ALL RISE. But don't just take our word for it. Here is Drug Court champion and All Rise Ambassador Martin Sheen telling a massive crowd on Capitol Hill why he takes action on behalf of Drug Courts.