Saturday, September 26, 2009

Putnam County Receives Drug Court Grant

Congressman Bart Gordon announced today that Putnam County has been awarded $100,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to improve services at the Putnam County Adult Drug Treatment Court (PCADTC).

“Research has shown the value of drug courts,” said Congressman Gordon. “By providing non-violent, substance abusing offenders with direct supervision and effective treatment services, re-arrest and conviction rates go down. This grant will allow Putnam County to increase the quality and quantity of the services provided at the adult drug court, as well as allow the court to evaluate the progress of individuals and the overall program.”

Putnam County received the $100,000 grant from the DOJ Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. Funds will be used to hire a treatment coordinator who will improve treatment services at the drug court, recommend individualized treatment programs for PCADTC participants, and establish an evaluation system. The grant money will also be used to hire a part-time administrative assistant who will concentrate on data collection and data reporting associated with the drug court’s evaluation system.

“The unfortunate reality is that many people struggle to overcome drug addictions,” added Gordon. “I remain committed to helping Putnam and other Middle Tennessee counties get the funds needed to develop effective drug court programs.”