Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler Congratulates Johnson County Drug Treatment Court on $2 Million Grant

May 13, 2019
Press Release
Grant expands existing program to support people recovering from drug addiction

WARRENSBURG, MO - Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) joined the Johnson County Recovery Court Team in announcing a 5-year $2 million federal SAMHSA grant the court received. Congresswoman Hartzler has voted repeatedly to support the SAMHSA grant program.


“Over the past several years, I have made it a top priority to address the rampant drug problem in our country,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “In 2017 alone, over 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses - that is more than the total number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War. We can and must do better. That is why I have been a strong proponent for treatment courts since my days in the state legislature, to give people a second chance. I commend the amazing Drug Recovery Court Team, led by Presiding Judge Bill Collins, Associate Circuit Judge Brent Teichman, Prosecuting Attorney Bob Russell and Recovery Lighthouse Co-Founder & Director Adriatik Likcani for having the vision to establish this drug court and for believing individuals are capable of redemption and recovery from addiction. We are all excited for the Johnson County community to receive this grant.”


“This 5-year $2 million grant the Johnson County Recovery Court received will nearly quadruple the number of its treatment court participants, allowing for up to 40 more individuals to receive services and expanded treatment options. Johnson County was one of only 27 counties in the nation to receive this grant,” Hartzler added.


It was a pleasure to join the Johnson County Recovery & Drug Treatment Court to congratulate them on receiving a federal SAMHSA grant of $2 million over the next 5 years. 


The Johnson County Treatment Court’s first class of participants graduated in April of 2018. Drug courts are special dockets that handle cases involving recovering drug-addicts, where individuals undergo treatment for substance abuse; submit to drug testing, supervision and monitoring; receive immediate sanctions and incentives for misbehavior and regularly report to a special drug court judge for status hearings. The Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania stated, “To put it bluntly, we know that drug courts outperform virtually all other strategies that have been used with drug-involved offenders.” An extensive review of drug courts by the U.S. Government Accountability Office also concluded that adult drug court programs substantially reduce crime. Northwest Professional Research Consortium found that parents enrolled in family treatment drug courts were also more likely to be reunified with their children than parents who participate in traditional child welfare case processing.


“This grant is a tremendous unprecedented investment in Johnson County that will help us to provide long-term, valuable, life-altering services for those in need within our local communities,” said Johnson County Associate Circuit Judge Brent Teichman. 


The Johnson Recovery Court program – which takes approximately 12 to 18 months to complete – is run in conjunction with court officials, defense attorneys, probation and parole staff, substance abuse treatment programs and law enforcement agencies.




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