“The goal of these drug treatment courts is to reduce incarceration and recidivism …”
White Plains, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers have been set up as “Hub Courts” according to the Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr.
For people who suffer from substance abuse disorders and military veterans who run into issues with the law, their cases are transferred to these “Hub Courts”. This means that they will be connected with a treatment center to overcome their problems so that it is less likely they will get into future trouble.
“During my campaign for District Attorney and now under my administration, it was important to keep the promise that these courts would be created to offer non-violent offenders and military veterans’ access to intensive court-supervised treatment and tailored services that might not be available through their own town and village courts. The goal of these drug treatment courts is to reduce incarceration and recidivism and hopefully give these individuals a path to a new life.” Scarpino said.
Judge Alan Scheinkman is responsible for the cases in the Ninth Judicial District. His Drug Court Enhancement Project efforts will be effective in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers.
This organization has dedicated their focus to these two groups of people; people who suffer from substance abuse disorders and military veterans who run into issues with the law. Through this, they will be able to “enhance” the outcome of these peoples well being as well as their chances at future crimes.
They have received a federal grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for bettering their treatment facilities.
Also, they will offer MAT (medication assisted treatment) which is used for recovering addicts as a “safety net” during their initial recovery phase. When this is used in cooperation with traditional recovery treatment such as 12-step programs and counseling, medication assisted treatment often ensures a better recovery rate than those who don’t use it. About 50% of people in treatment from drug court are using this method.
A portion of the focus of this program is dedicated to helping veterans through their recovery, also with issues like PTSD, unemployment, homelessness, and any other hardships they may be experiencing due to their time in combat. Those operating the program are committed to the success of the patients who come in for treatment. There will be military veteran volunteers there to help those in recovery.
Over the next 3 years, SAMHSA will be granting a total of $971,736 to support the court mandated recovery programs. There will also be a study evaluating the success of this program as a whole.
The program will begin this month with the funds from SAMHSA.
New York State Court System, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the defense bar, the Westchester County Executive’s Office, Westchester County Department of Probation, local treatment providers, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and other veterans’ services and support agencies and organization have all come together to make this initiative possible.