Norfolk city council to weigh $343,500 grant for drug court

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(Courtesy Norfolk City Council)
(Courtesy Norfolk City Council)

Norfolk City Council is slated to act on $343,500 in grant funding for the city’s adult drug court Tuesday.

The grant includes a $250,000 grant from the Virginia Supreme Court, according to the council’s agenda for its meeting Tuesday evening. Also included are $78,500 in previously appropriated matching funds from the city’s fiscal year 2017 general fund operating budget and $15,000 in fees collected from program participants. Collectively, the new funding will be used to bolster staffing: two counselors, two Norfolk probation and parole officers and a drug court coordinator, who will be assigned to the circuit court judges’ office, the agenda says.

Council’s role during the meeting will be to act on an ordinance approving acceptance of the combined funds.

The Norfolk Circuit Court Adult Drug Court is for nonviolent post-conviction parole and probation violators who are addicted to or dependent on drugs or alcohol, according to a grant application included with the council’s agenda. The program offers services such as outpatient treatment for substance abuse, housing referrals, education, workforce readiness, anger management and life-skills training,

The $250,000 funding comes under the Virginia Drug Treatment Court Grant Program, according to the application.

A spokesperson for the drug court was not immediately available for comment.

The city council convenes at 5 p.m. for a business meeting in the 10th floor conference room at City Hall, 810 Union St., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.

 

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.