Municipal Court celebrates National Recovery Month with receipt of $1.9 million to expand Drug Court
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 10, 2018
The Kansas City Municipal Court is receiving a $1.9 million grant to expand the City’s Drug Court. The award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be paid over five years, allowing the court to expand treatment and offer support services.
Drug Court participants often enter the program by completing 21-30 days of inpatient treatment while in jail or at an inpatient treatment center. Then they are released on probation and expected to continue treatment, attend meetings, submit to regular drug testing and appear each week in front of the Drug Court judge. However, many struggle with other issues like homelessness, unemployment and poor healthcare. The grant will pay for a project case manager to direct participants to services like recovery housing, transportation needs and HIV and hepatitis testing.
Many Drug Court participants have profound and ongoing substance abuse issues. Having a case manager dedicated to providing support services will improve their chances to complete the program and maintain their sobriety.
The grant announcement comes during National Recovery Month, a national observance held every September. As part of the celebration, Municipal Drug Court will hold a graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. To qualify for graduation, the participants had to complete at least one year with the program and six months of treatment and demonstrate at least six months of sobriety. Graduation speakers will be former graduates who have maintained their sobriety.
Kansas City Municipal Drug Court is one of the City’s three specialty courts that provide qualifying offenders with substance abuse and/or mental health treatment in lieu of jail time. The other two are Mental Health Court and Veterans’ Treatment Court.
For more information, contact Benita Jones, public information officer for the Municipal Court, at 816-513-6711 or by email.