Tipton Announces Grant for Colorado Veterans Drug Court Program
The Colorado Judicial Department will receive $399,380 to support the state’s veterans drug court program, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced on Tuesday. The grant is authorized under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Veterans Treatment Courts program, which received $7 million in total funding for fiscal year 2017. The grant can be used to implement, enhance, or expand local and state-wide drug courts.
“Over the past year-and-a-half, I have traveled across the 3rd Congressional District and heard the stories of families and individuals who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our nation. All of these stories are heartbreaking, but especially heartbreaking are the stories about veterans who return home and feel they have no other option but to seek comfort in drugs or alcohol,” said Tipton. “Drug courts are an important path to recovery for many of these men and women, and I’m glad that Colorado has been awarded this funding to support and enhance the drug court program.”
According to a 2008 study, almost 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, and more than 300,000 have a substance use disorder. Treatment courts provide veterans with the opportunity to seek treatment, and successful participants are eligible to have their sentences reduced or the charges against them dropped.
More information about the grant awards can be found here.