SHELBINA, Mo. -- Nearly $400,000 in federal funding is being released to continue operating two drug court programs in Northern Missouri, including one serving Shelby County.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $399,620 grant that will be used to support the 41st Circuit Treatment Court serving Macon and Shelby counties and the 9th Circuit Treatment Court serving Chariton, Linn and Sullivan counties.
Drug courts focus on substance abuse rehabilitation instead of putting offenders on the usual criminal prosecution track.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced the funding in a press release.
"As a former prosecutor who started one of the nation's first drug courts, I know just how important it is to provide critical support such as this to folks working to build on their successes," McCaskill said.
"Drug courts focus on helping those who struggle with addiction get back on their feet -- offering Missourians who put in the effort a second chance."
McCaskill, who started a drug court in Jackson County in the early 1990s, said such courts have shown success in providing treatment -- rather than incarceration -- for non-violent offenders recovering from drug addictions.
Last year, McCaskill launched a congressional investigation into opioid manufacturers. She recently issued a report showing that 1.6 billion doses of opioids moved into Missouri between 2012 and 2017, which illustrates the ongoing value of having drug courts.
The report can be viewed at mccaskill.senate.gov/opioid-investigation.