Juvenile Drug Court to Increase Capacity - Boost to Local Anti-Drug Effort

Montgomery County Juvenile Drug Court will increase the number of youth and families it serves thanks to much needed federal funding.  Juvenile Drug Court currently has about 135 voluntary participants annually, but that number soon will increase to 165 a year.

“The expansion of our juvenile drug court is a direct result of the 32 recommendations of the 2008 Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Task Force,” said County Commission and Task Force Co-Chair Dan Foley. “To secure federal funding for this expansion is a real credit to the task force which had the vision to address gaps in services and systems.”

The goal of a $975,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is to reduce substance abuse and crime, while saving families. The Juvenile Drug Court began in 1998 and offers judicially supervised treatment and services including drug testing and community supervision.

“Research shows that drug courts are the most effective form of  justice intervention for treating people with substance abuse issues, said Juvenile Judge Anthony Capizzi. “Successful drug courts also reduce crime and associated costs in the communities they serve. It will provide an opportunity for a better future for our youth as well as ensure a better success rate by treating the whole family, not just the individual.”

The three-year grant will offer the opportunity to serve youth with in-home, substance and mental health treatment services through South Community’s LIFE Program (Learning Independence and Family Empowerment).

The project is a collaborative between the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, South Community, Inc., Case Western University and the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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