Wednesday, November 10, 2010

UCHRA To Begin Running Putnam Drug Court

The Putnam County Drug Court could soon be administered by the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency -- if a recommendation of the county's fiscal review committee is approved by the full commission next week.  Court spokesman Greg Bowman told commissioners this week that the original contract with the Upper Cumberland Community Services Agency was dissolved when that group was essentially dismantled by the state.  He says using the UCHRA will enable the drug courts in Putnam and surrounding counties to more effectively compete for federal grant money.  He says the money that is used to run the drug court is collected through the local court system and would be sent to Nashville if Putnam County did not maintain a local program.

Meanwhile, the UCHRA is in the process of developing a proposal to fund a program to provide in-home services to enable veterans to remain in their homes and maintain independence. The project is a state-wide initiative, but officials say they need local veterans to fill out a survey on the UCHRA's website to officially determine whether there is a need for the program. For more information, contact Kelly Dishman at 528-1127