October 12, 2017




Westchester DA announces “Hub” drug treatment courts

WHITE PLAINS – Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers have been designed as “Hub” Courts.

That designation will make drug treatment courts accessible to individuals who suffer from alcohol and drug dependency and military veterans who have had run-ins with the law. Their cases can now be transferred to the “Hub” courts.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said the new courts offer non-violent offenders and military veterans access to intensive court-supervised treatment and tailored services that might not be available through their local town and village courts.

“The goal of these drug treatment courts is to reduce incarceration and recidivism and hopefully give these individuals a path to a new life,” said Scarpino.

The Westchester County Drug Court Enhancement Project, under the direction of Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge Alan Scheinkman, will coordinate the efforts of Westchester County drug court programs currently operating in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers.

The program aims to enhance the delivery of clinical and other services to individuals with opioid use disorder and justice-involved military veterans via enhanced delivery of clinical and other service, including the provision of medication-assisted treatment, where appropriate, to drug treatment court participants.

The program is funded by a three-year grant of $971,736 that will support personnel, training and other needs related to the development of a peer mentor initiative to help military veterans enrolled in the drug treatment court programs re-adjust to civilian life and get back on track, as well as efforts to increase participation rates in court-mandated treatment programs among just-involved veterans.

The initiative will kick off later this month.

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