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Legislation #: 190442 Introduction Date: 6/6/2019
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS REED, BARNES JR., MCMANUS, LUCAS, TAYLOR, JAMES, JR., WAGNER, FOWLER, CANADY AND JUSTUS
Title: Declaring May 2019 as National Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri.

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6/3/2019 Filed by the Clerk's office
6/6/2019 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 190442

 

Declaring May 2019 as National Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

WHEREAS, the Kansas City Municipal Drug Court is one of more than 3,000 treatment courts nationwide that have served over 1.5 million individuals; and

 

WHEREAS, treatment courts significantly improve substance use disorder treatment outcomes, substantially reduce addiction and related crime, and do so at less expense than any other criminal justice strategy, saving $6,000 on average for every individual they serve; and

 

WHEREAS, treatment courts improve education, employment, housing and financial stability, promote family reunification, reduce foster care placements, and increase the rate of addicted mothers delivering babies who are fully drug free; and

 

WHEREAS, this marks the national 30th anniversary of treatment courts; and

 

WHEREAS, the Kansas City Municipal Drug Court began in 2002 and was formalized in 2007 and has been extremely successful in reducing recidivism and crime in a cost-effective manner while helping the participants put their lives back on productive paths; and

 

WHEREAS, Municipal Court operates three problem-solving courts—Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans’ Treatment Court—that provide qualifying offenders with services like substance abuse treatment and/or mental health treatment in lieu of jail time; and

 

WHEREAS, treatment courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of addiction and crime, we all rise; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 2019 as National Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Municipal Drug Court Judge Courtney A. Wachal with the appreciation of the Mayor and Council for the significant contributions Drug Court has made toward reducing substance abuse, crime and recidivism while saving limited public resources.

 

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