The Troup County DUI/Drug Court recently was awarded a $37,700 grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The annual grant pays for the program coordinator’s salary, travel, training for the DUI/Drug Court team and the coordinator’s telecommunications services.
The drug court program is a 12-month program that exists to reduce recurring behaviors for DUI offenders. Offenders have to attend treatment sessions twice a week and twice a week self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants are also required to submit random drug screens, as well as pay all court, probation and treatment costs.
The Troup County program began 10 years ago and as of December has graduated 174 participants. A total of 356 people have entered the program, and some did not graduate said Drug Court coordinator Donald Wright. There are currently 40 active participants.