Knox County’s Drug Court has received a $500,000 grant thru the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to Knox Superior Court 2 Judge Ryan Johanningsmeier, the money will be used to enhance supervision of participants in the program, provide more training for staff members and evaluate the drug court’s effectiveness. The funding will start in January 2019.
Since its inception three years ago, Johanningsmeier says the program had expanded from 10 participants to 30 after being awarded a state grant, and the federal grant will allow for 50 more participants next year.
To date, 19 people have graduated from the program which takes 18-to-24 months to complete. During that time Johanningsmeier says participants receive treatment for their substance abuse along with counseling in order to find work.
In the end, Johanningsmeier says the goal is help program participants get clean and become productive citizens again.
The drug court is funded in part by state grants to pay for case workers.