Virginia Sens. Warner, Kaine announce $7.8M for state to combat substance use disorder

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U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced their state had received more than $7.8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to support treatment for substance use disorder and drug court programs.

The funding will go towards site-based treatment programs, juvenile and family drug court programs, adult drug court programs, and prisoners’ treatment programs.

“We’re pleased to announce these federal funds to support treatment services and enhance public safety in local communities,” the senators said. “These programs are a critical part of our criminal justice system, as they focus on prevention and rehabilitation, giving those suffering from addiction a better chance at recovery.”

The majority of the funding, nearly $3 million, will be granted through the Bureau of Justice Assistance FY20 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program, which provides financial and technical assistance for the operation of adult drug courts and veterans’ treatment courts by supporting efforts to reduce substance use by individuals in the criminal justice system. Grants of between $330,000 and $560,000 were awarded to Smyth, Page, Fluvanna, and Isle of Wight counties and the city of Alexandria and the Judiciary Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

More than $2.6 million in grants was funded by the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-based Program authorized through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed in 2016. The Act provides financial and technical assistance to develop, implement, and expand efforts to identify, treat, and support those affected by opioid, stimulant, or other substance use. Augusta County received $600,000 in funding, while Arlington County received just under $900,000, and Chesterfield County received nearly $1.2 million.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provided $1. 5 million for drug courts in the state. The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program provided more than $722,000 to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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