Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $974,570 for Summit County Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $974,570 grant for Summit County adult and family treatment drug court programs. This grant funding comes as a part of a larger $80.8 million Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) investment which will be made over the next 3 - 5 years.

“I am glad to announce this much needed funding is going to Summit County drug court programs. Millions of Americans are suffering from the disease of addiction, including countless right here in our own community. As the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I have heard from many constituents and groups from around the country, and personally I have seen these tragedies play out. We must never stop creating programs that work to combat this growing crisis. And when we have a program with proven results and successes like treatment drug courts, we must redouble our efforts to support them in their work,” said Congressman Ryan.

Treatment drug courts combine the power of courts with effective treatment services to reduce further criminal justice action and promote recovery for people with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. By reducing the health and social costs of substance use disorders for individuals, treatment drug courts improve public safety in communities. The purpose of this particular $80.8 million program is to expand and enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment to parents with a substance use disorder who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing.  

Congressman Tim Ryan recently participated in a WKBN televised panel discussion along with Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Greene, Judge Jack Durkin — who runs the drug court in Mahoning County, and Tyler Wisser — a recovered addict who now works for the Ohio Teen Challenge, which in part focused on the importance of treatment drug court programs in combating addiction. You can see the program here