County Executive Leopold Announces Adult Drug Treatment Court Program Graduation
Annapolis, MD (May 11, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced that the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County will hold its first graduation ceremony for the Adult Drug Treatment Court Program at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2007.
The ceremony will be in Courtroom 4B of the Circuit Court, Church Circle, Annapolis. The program’s five graduates will receive Certificates of Accomplishment for completing this life-changing program led by the Honorable Michael E. Loney. Anne Arundel County Health Officer Frances B. Phillips will be the keynote speaker.
"Anne Arundel County is a leader in the state in addressing substance abuse issues, "said County Executive Leopold. "I have long supported programs that help nonviolent drug offenders successfully return to the community free of drugs and criminal activities and ready to make positive contributions to their families and our County. I especially appreciate the interagency, collaborative effort that helps ensure the success of the drug court programs."
The Adult Drug Treatment Court Program began enrolling participants in November 2005. The program combines substance abuse assessments and treatment provided by the County Department of Health with intense compliance supervision managed by the Circuit Court, State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Division of Parole and Probation.
John Fullmer, Program Administrator for the Drug Treatment Court Program, said "Under Judge Loney’s dedicated supervision, the Drug Court is the most effective and cost efficient way of dealing with substance abuse offenders."
Currently the Circuit Court’s Drug Court Program has more than 25 participants and plans to have at least 50 by the end of this year. The program is funded with grants through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts Office of Problem Solving Courts, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
For more information about the Circuit Court’s Drug Court Program, call John Fullmer at (410) 222-1285.