TN Prisons: Drug Treatment & Mental Health
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Wed July 24, 2013

Nation's First State-Wide Recovery Court To Be In Tennessee


The first state-wide, residential Recovery Court in the US will soon have its home in Morgan County, Tennessee. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting in the Morgan County city of Wartburg on August 1st.

The program aims to reroute those who need substance abuse treatment or mental health services from prison to treatment programs and to reserve prison beds for the most violent offenders.

Tennessee Mental Health Commissioner Douglas Varney says the program is in the interest of public safety, and Tennessee Correction Commissioner Derek Schofield says the option could ensure that some offenders don’t re-offend.  

The Recovery Court will hold 100 beds and will offer services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at a cost of $35 per person, per day.

Average prison costs are around $65 per person, per day.

The program is a partnership among the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Tennessee Department of Correction, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Davidson County Drug Court.

It will be operated by the Davidson County Drug Court Support Foundation, a private foundation.