Two funding requests approved by Substance Abuse Board

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Substance Abuse Advisory and Accountability Board heard two requests for funding at its Friday morning meeting.

The first was presented by Bartholomew County Circuit Judge Kelly Benjamin and Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash. They asked for first-year funding in the amount of $92,603 for a court specifically established to handle drug cases in which those charged are nonviolent, high-need, and charged with Level 5 or Level 6 felonies. The Adult Drug Treatment Court would use a nonadversarial, holistic approach focused on recovery.

The other request was presented by Julie Abedian, Vice President of Community Partnerships at the Columbus Regional Health Foundation. She sought the remaining $200,000 needed, after grants from the CHR Foundation and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, to open the Fresh Start residential recovery center for mothers with addictive disorders who have children under the age of five. The center is in the former LHP building at 703 Washington St.

Both requests were approved and will now be presented to the Public Funding Board on Friday, January 18.

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