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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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Donovan Announces Federal Grants For Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court Programs

September 22, 2017
Press Release
New York State Unified Court System to receive $797,784 in grants appropriated by Congress through Department of Justice programs; Drug courts were a major focus for Donovan when he served as Richmond County District Attorney; they continue to be a priority in Congress

Staten Island, NY – September 22, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced grant awards to the New York State Unified Court System for drug courts and veterans treatment courts. Awarded through the Department of Justice’s Adult Drug and Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) Discretionary Grant Programs, the funding is intended to provide tools and resources to prevent recidivism by addicted offenders. The VTC program recognizes that veterans experiencing ailments like post-traumatic stress disorder because of their sacrifices defending our country deserve assistance.

Congressman Donovan said, “How our justice system treats those struggling with addiction, including veterans returning from service, has a major impact on recidivism. Those who violate our laws must face consequences, but jails aren’t drug treatment centers. Drug courts and veterans’ treatment courts recognize that addicts can rehabilitate themselves and return as contributing members of society. These programs save money and lives.”

“Confronting this epidemic is one of the Department of Justice’s top priorities,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “These grant awards have primarily been directed to states and communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic who are experiencing significant increases in the number of overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses.”

Since coming to Congress, Donovan has consistently advocated for federal programs to support local treatment, education, and enforcement initiatives. Last year, the Donovan-backed 21st Century Cures Act became law, dedicating $1 billion in grants for local substance abuse programs. Earlier this year, Donovan supported a budget agreement that increases funding for opioid abuse initiatives by $650 million. Donovan also sponsored the Comprehensive Fentanyl Control Act, which increases penalties for fentanyl traffickers.

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