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Alpena Drug Court receives $500,000 federal grant

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Judge Tom LaCross addresses the community at a press conference about how the grant will effect the Alpena County Adult Drug Court Program.

Alpena — The Alpena County Adult Drug Court program received a major boost from the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.

A $500,000 grant was awarded to the court which helps a select group of substance abusers strive toward a path to sobriety by monitoring and constant check-ins with those participants. The program lost funding last year after failing to secure an enhancement program. The new funding will help address a majority of issues facing this program.

“We’re going to hire more employees, more case managers, and more compliance officers,” said Judge Tom LaCross. “1:1, we’ll be able to serve people that we have in drug court better and then we’ll be able to take on more people, more participants in drug court.”

The program has been successful in helping reduce addiction problems in people and guiding them towards a new chapter in life.