Hassan tells Manchester mayor: Federal funds can’t be used for drug court in city
by ALLIE MORRIS Monitor staff – Aug 5, 2015
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas during a press conference, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) – Jim Cole |
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas during a press conference, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
The federal money will be used to purchase large quantities of overdose-reversal drug Narcan, pay for substance abuse intervention and expand public education efforts, among other things, Hassan said in a letter sent to Gatsas Wednesday.
The Manchester mayor first wrote Hassan in July, recommending the grant be used to help fund a new drug court in Manchester.
The state currently has six drug courts, which treat addicted offenders instead of jailing them. Officials say the programs help cut costs and lower incarceration rates. At a press conference in Laconia Monday, judges and law enforcement officials called for further funding of drug courts.
Hassan released an updated state budget plan recently that would add an additional $4 million to a key state substance abuse fund over two years. The money could be put toward funding drug courts, she said at the press conference Monday.
Hassan said in her letter that the state is committed to establishing a drug court in Manchester and will be putting together a team in the coming weeks to begin pursuing grant opportunities.
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