Brunswick County drug treatment court gets $2 million grant

Brunswick County drug treatment court gets $2 million grant
Judge Ola Lewis announced a $2 million grant Wednesday for the Brunswick County drug treatment court. (Source: WECT)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County's Treatment Court was awarded a $2 million grant on Wednesday.

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA) is giving the money to Brunswick Treatment Court over a five-year period to expand treatment services.

Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis announced the grant in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

"This return of tax dollars to the fine Citizens of Brunswick County to provide substance use and mental health disorder treatment for those in need will have an incredible impact on the lives of those we serve," Lewis said in the release.

Lewis said Brunswick Treatment Court adheres to the core principals of the National Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals and collaborates regularly with a substance abuse and mental health specialist.

"I am grateful for our County Commissioners who continue to share the Treatment Court's vision for safer communities, saving the lives of those we serve, reunification of families, enhance financial stability for our participants and seeking treatment options in lieu of incarceration," Lewis said.

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