The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which has been characterized as landmark legislation, allocates funding for the expansion of Veterans Treatment Court programs. There are currently over 3,000 Drug Treatment Courts and an more than 260 Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States. Many veterans advocates applaud the expansion of such venues for veterans at the intersection of justice.
July 13, 2016 19:21 ET
ALEXANDRIA, VA –(Marketwired – July 13, 2016) – The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) applauds the passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), landmark legislation that advances evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorders, including drug courts and veterans treatment courts.
CARA authorizes continued funding for drug courts and veterans treatment courts, confirming they are a vital component of the nation’s strategy to promote treatment and recovery while addressing the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic.
There are now over 3,000 treatment courts in the United States, including over 1,500 adult drug courts and 260 veterans treatment courts. Research proves that treatment courts are the most successful alternative to incarceration for people with substance use disorders, annually connecting more than 120,000 people to evidence-based treatment and the pathway to long-term recovery.
In addition, CARA will strengthen drug courts and veterans treatment courts by expanding access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. It will also provide new funding to expand access to evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment supporting local communities, schools, and higher education recovery services. CARA will improve opioid safety measures at the Department of Veterans Affairs and expand research and education on complementary and integrative health to veterans. Read More