Drug Treatment Courts in Westchester County
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The city courts of Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Yonkers
were recently re-designated as “hub courts.” This new designation
will make drug treatment courts accessible to individuals and veterans
who have pending cases in Westchester County and who also suffer from
co-occurring disorders, alcoholism, and drug dependency.
Veteran Treatment Track Designation
The Veteran Treatment Tracks are based on a drug court model that combines
rigorous treatment, intensive judicial monitoring, coordinated services,
and enhanced communication methods. The city courts of Mt. Vernon, New
Rochelle, White Plains, Yonkers and the Westchester County Judicial Diversion
Court are now designated as Veteran Treatment Tracks.
The new Veteran Treatment Tracks will provide a range of support services for:
- Substance Abuse
- Combat Related Disorders
To help ensure the success of participants, these courts incorporate and
utilize peer mentors and veteran volunteers to offer participants support
and motivation as they navigate the challenges of re-assimilating to civilian life.
Westchester County Drug Court Enhancement Project
The Westchester County Drug Court Enhancement Project, under the direction
of Ninth Judicial District, will coordinate the efforts of Westchester
County drug court programs currently operating in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle,
White Plains and Yonkers.
The new drug court initiative will focus on the unique needs of people
who have opioid use disorders, as well as justice-involved military veterans.
This project is funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The goal of The Westchester County Drug Court Enhancement Project is to
enhance the delivery of clinical services to the previously mentioned
target populations. A provision allowing medication-assisted treatment
(MAT), is also available to Westchester County Drug Treatment Court participants.
In addition to traditional forms of treatment, the use of MAT has been
shown to improve outcomes for individuals with an opioid addiction. Interestingly,
about 50% of those enrolled in the county’s drug treatment courts
suffer from opioid addiction.
A substantial grant from SAMSHA grant will be used to support personnel,
training, and other needs related to helping military veterans enrolled
in the County’s drug treatment court programs. The grant will also
fund an evaluation study of the County’s treatment/veterans court
programs. The initiative begins in October after the SAMSHA funds have
been distributed to the District.
Want to find out more about Drug Treatment Courts in Westchester County?
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