MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $149,606 grant for a program that provides treatment to help those who have pled guilty in drug courts in five counties overcome the drug addictions that place them at-risk of reentering the criminal justice system.
The grant will help the RCA Foundation continue its Court Connected Drug Treatment Program for nonviolent offenders in Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Elmore and Lowndes counties. Upon enrollment in the program, individuals are assessed to identify their treatment needs and to aid in creating an effective plan. They are then assigned a therapist to assist them with navigating their path to recovery through the program.
“Too often, drugs trap their victims in a cycle of addiction that prevents them from returning to living a normal and responsible life,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the work of the RCA Foundation to help those at risk turn their lives around and find a clear path to a brighter future.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in her support of this program that strives to help those who’ve had encounters with law enforcement due to drug addiction avoid further jail time and get the help they need,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA manages a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.