Hamilton County Drug Treatment and Recovery Court Receives $2.7 Million in Federal Grants

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CINCINNATI — The Hamilton County Drug Treatment and Recovery Court announced Thursday that it is the recipient of $2.7 million in federal grants.

“Let me introduce you again,” Judge Nicole Sanders said at a press conference on the steps of the courthouse. “We are no longer the Hamilton County Drug Court. We are the Hamilton County Drug Treatment and Recovery Court – where every life has value.”

Sanders was joined by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to make the announcement.

“It’s a place where people can get help and get long-term recovery,” Sanders said. “It’s also a place of second chances, compassion and compatibility.”

The court serves those who have entered the court system due to a drug-related offence. Since 2021, more than 120 participants have successfully graduated. On Tuesday, the tribunal was initially certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

“Sometimes breaking the law is a symptom of an underlying disease,” O’Connor said. “In these cases, treating the disease can break that cycle of criminality. We can’t throw people away, especially when the underlying cause of their criminal behavior is a drug-related disease.”

The federal money awarded to the court will allow them to work with treatment agencies like Sunstone, which provides housing for people in treatment.

“It’s nothing but desperation and in that moment really nothing else matters,” said Amy Parker of Sunstone. “That’s why it’s so important that all of these different providers work together to really pull it all together and make it a really comprehensive, comprehensive plan for people.”

In his speech, Sanders said the money would allow them to help people without “further burdening the taxpayers of Hamilton County.”

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