County receives $2M Treatment Court grant

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Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis, on behalf of the Brunswick County Treatment Court in Bolivia, announced its largest grant received to date.

On Aug. 8, the federal Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA), awarded the Brunswick Treatment Court $2 million over a five-year period to expand treatment services.

“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 a news release. “We diligently adhere to the National Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals core principles, use evidence based practices, collaborate regularly with substance use and mental health specialist and lean heavily on a holistic approach to offer our participants wrap around services in order to help them succeed.

“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. The Treatment Court sincerely appreciates the commissioners and those county employees who laboriously assist us in managing the funding.”