Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $1.185 Million for Youngstown and Portage County Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces three federal grants for the City of Youngstown and Portage County totaling $1,185,740 that will allow each jurisdiction to provide a treatment court and recovery support services to court-supervised individuals.
The City of Youngstown received $195,000 for their Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Discretionary Grant to assist in reducing opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse. This funding will be used to scale up the veterans’ treatment court program’s capacity; provide access to or enhance treatment capacity; and provide other critical supports to improve the quality of services.
The Portage County Common Pleas Specialized Docket, referred to as HOPE Court and the first common pleas specialized drug court docket in Portage County, received $492,782 to assist the court in sustaining key staff and adding peer support. The Portage County Municipal Court received $497,958 to implement the RISE Court, a drug court that will develop, coordinate and refine approaches to improve the delivery of addiction treatment and recovery support services.
“We need to provide our courts with the resources they need to combat addiction and substance abuse in our communities,” said Congressman Ryan, Co-chair of the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus. “I commend the Mayor of the City of Youngstown and the Portage County Commissioners for their commitment to the difficult work of assisting those struggling the most in our community. These funds will help ensure that those suffering from addiction will receive the support and treatment they need.”
The Bureau of Justice Assistance Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states and local courts to implement and enhance the operations of adult drug courts and veterans’ treatment courts. The program supports the needs of individuals in the criminal justice system with substance abuse issues with a focus on reducing the use of opioids and stimulants.