Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis, 541-915-4659
Lane County’s Adult Drug Court and the Veterans Treatment Court programs received good news this week with the award of two grants from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The courts provide an alternative treatment for individuals with substance abuse problems.
“These grants will help us continue to promote public safety, by providing offenders a court supervised collaborative response to criminal behavior through substance abuse treatment,” said Danielle Hanson, Acting Treatment Court Coordinator for the two courts. “This funding helps the court take better care of our veterans and help return them to a productive and law-abiding life.”
The grants, $384,000 for the Drug Court and $98,000 for the Veterans Court, will go towards substance abuse treatment services, mental health treatment, and housing assistance in both programs. The programs are entirely grant funded, with assistance from the Circuit Court providing a judge and a treatment court coordinator. Currently, both programs serve a combined 112 individuals.
“These programs are an important way we help keep our community safe while saving taxpayer dollars and helping residents fight drug addiction,” said Lane County Board Chair Sid Leiken. “We are grateful for the assistance from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and our other partners in the program, including law enforcement, the courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and local treatment providers. This is a community effort.”
Independent research in 2011 demonstrated the program has saved taxpayers more than four million dollars over a three year period, reducing recidivism when compared with offenders who didn’t participate in the program.
The Lane County Adult Drug Court is the second drug court to be implemented in the state and has been in continuous operation since its inception in 1994. In 2011 Lane County began a Veterans Treatment Court program. The Lane County Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court are based on nationally recognized Evidence Based Practices and Standards that require participants to fully commit to a rigorous program that includes drug treatment, cognitive thinking therapy, individual counseling, group sessions, and support group participation.
All graduates must be free of any drug or alcohol use for the 90 days prior to graduation and most will have many more months free from alcohol and drug use. All graduates who entered the program without a GED will have a GED at the time of graduation. All graduates will have full time employment or schooling, or a combination of both.