Delta Courts Soon To Be In Charge Of Mental Health

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — A federal grant will fund mental health services for a Mississippi drug court. The 4th Circuit Drug Court in Washington, Sunflower and Leflore counties has received a three-year, $400,000 federal grant to hire a mental health therapist, a peer support specialist and a supervising officer for drug court participants. In drug court, people with drug or alcohol abuse problems are sent to long-term rehabilitation facilities instead of prison. After completing the rehab program, they are required to attend counseling and are monitored through frequent drug testing and court appearances. Judge Margaret Carey-McCray said she hopes the mental health program can begin by March.



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