2017 Drug Court Month

5/1/2017

WHEREAS,drug courts are a judicially supervised, cost-effective, collaborative approach to addressing the needs of individuals with substance abuse disorders; and

WHEREAS, drug courts promote public safety, ensures accountability, and help court involved individuals back onto their feet; and

WHEREAS, drug courts combine judicial accountability and evidence-based practices to effectively intervene against substance abuse and related crimes; and

WHEREAS, drug courts provide focus and leadership for community-wide partnerships, bringing together public safety and public health professionals in the fight against substance abuse and criminality; and

WHEREAS, since 1995, drug courts have been restoring lives, reuniting families, and making communities across our Commonwealth safer; and

WHEREAS, drug courts bring public safety and public health professionals together in the fight against substance abuse and criminality; and

WHEREAS, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, substance abuse and rehabilitation professionals, law enforcement and community supervision personnel, researchers and educators, and others dedicated to drug courts are improving lives and restoring communities across our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS,there are 44 operational drug treatment court programs in Virginia; thirty-two adult, seven juvenile, two family, three regional driving under the influence drug court programs; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to implementing strategies that prevent drug abuse and help people with addiction get the treatment they need to recover;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2017 as DRUG COURT MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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