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AZ wins federal grant to fund meth recovery programs

Arizona has been awarded an $8.3 million federal grant to help combat methamphetamine use in the state.

The Access to Recovery Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be distributed over the next three years.

“Methamphetamine abuse is a problem we can’t stop fighting,” Governor Janet Napolitano said. “This grant award will support efforts at the local level to reduce the impact of meth using innovative and evidence-based strategies.”

The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families – Division for Substance Abuse Policy will administer the grant within the state. The money will be used to support the expansion and enhancement of methamphetamine treatment and recovery services through drug courts.

Drug courts, the governor’s office said in a release announcing the grant, have been proven to help break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime by quickly identifying substance abuse offenders and placing them under close court monitoring, coupled with effective, long-term treatment service.

Grant funding will be used to offer adult drug court participants more options among eligible substance abuse treatment and recovery service providers, including faith-based treatment services. Twelve drug courts representing urban and rural areas as well as two tribal communities have been identified by the state to participate in the grant.

The Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force, chaired by Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, recognized the need to increase the number of drug courts and included the expansion of drug courts as one of their top priority recommendations in their report A Plan for Action: Addressing the Methamphetamine Crisis in Arizona.

The Access to Recovery Grant award is one of many outcomes already achieved by the Methamphetamine Task Force since the release of their strategic plan in May.

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