Alpena drug court pursues grant to sustain program
Organizers of the adult drug court program in Alpena and Montmorency counties are pursuing a large grant to ensure the sustainability of the program for at least the next three years.
The program is designed to help non-violent criminals kick their drug or alcohol addictions and make them more productive members of society.
Participants must pay a fee and need to be accepted into the program, which if successfully completed can lead to a lesser jail sentence or some other reduction in punishment.
It will cost about $465,000 to sustain the program from October of this year through September 2015. Organizers want to apply for a grant that will pick up roughly 75 percent of those costs, or $350,000. The remainder must be a local match which will consist of volunteer hours, participant fees and fundraising efforts.
Organizers are also hiring the nurse at the jail to provide weekend drug testing; and former city of Alpena detective Larry Thomson will be paid $10,000 a year to handle case paperwork and perform home visits.
The local adult drug program was launched in September 2011 and so far organizers believe it has been a success.
The grant application must still be approved by the full board of county commissioners which meets Tuesday, February 28.