Governor awards grant to help Macon County juveniles overcome addiction, lead positive lives

MONTGOMERY – A program that helps Macon County youth overcome substance abuse and lead more productive lives is receiving support in the form of a $32,773 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey.

The grant is supporting the Teens Empowerment and Awareness with Resolutions, or TEARS, program for youth involved with Macon County juvenile court. The substance-abuse treatment program includes an in-home component for youth and their families. The in-home services include individual and family therapy, substance abuse treatment and a support plan for families to build better relationships and develop the skills needed to diffuse crisis situations.

“If a troubling addiction that leads to dangerous and unlawful behavior is addressed early, youth can learn from their mistakes and get back on the path toward brighter futures,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend this program for providing strong guidance to help participants overcome addictions and lead more positive and productive lives.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to Alabama by the U.S. Justice Department.

“With the proper help, teens who are involved in juvenile court can turn their lives around,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in support of this program’s work in Macon County.”

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim services, economic development, water resources management, energy conservation and recreation.


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