Missouri News: More Than $1 Million Headed to Missouri Drug Courts—McCaskill Announces

Missouri News: More Than $1 Million Headed to Missouri Drug Courts—McCaskill Announces

Federal funds will support district drug courts across Missouri, including Kansas City, Northern, and Eastern Missouri

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who created one of the first drug courts in the country while serving as Jackson County Prosecutor, announced that over $1 million in federal funds will head to drug courts across Missouri, including Kansas City, Northern, and Eastern Missouri.  Drug courts are designed to help address the unique needs of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as non-violent offenders.

“As a former prosecutor who started one of the nation’s first drug courts, I know just how important it is to provide critical support such as this to folks working to build on their successes,” McCaskill said.  “Drug courts focus on helping those who struggle with addiction get back on their feet—offering Missourians who put in the effort a second chance.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded three grants: $392,487 will go toward supporting the Kansas City Municipal Drug Court; $399,620 will go toward supporting the 9th Circuit Treatment Court serving Chariton, Linn, and Sullivan Counties, and the 41st Circuit Treatment Court serving Macon and Shelby Counties; and $392,487 will go toward supporting the 12th Circuit Treatment Court serving Audrain, Montgomery, and Warren Counties, and the 45th Circuit Treatment Court serving Lincoln and Pike Counties.  The courts focus on substance abuse rehabilitation instead of putting offenders on the usual criminal prosecution track.

McCaskill created one of the first drug courts in the country while serving as Jackson County Prosecutor in the early 1990s, which showed success in providing treatment rather than incarceration for people in recovery from addiction facing non-violent drug offenses.  Continuing on that work, in 2012 McCaskill helped launch a veterans drug court in Jackson County.

McCaskill has been a strong advocate fighting for those who battle against addiction.  Last year, she launched an investigation into opioid manufacturers—the most comprehensive Congressional investigation into the crisis to date.  As part of that investigation, McCaskill recently issued a report that showed 1.6 billion doses of opioids moved into Missouri between 2012 and 2017.

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SOURCE: news provided by MACCASKILL.SENATE.GOV on August 8, 2018