Support for drug treatment court

DOJ grants Butte County $500,000 for jailing alternative

The Butte County Probation Department’s drug treatment program for inmates received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice last month.

Butte County Treatment Court (formerly known as Drug Court) provides qualified defendants an alternative to prison time and, in some cases, the chance to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor. The Probation Department partners with service providers, such as Butte County Behavioral Health, to provide treatment and substance abuse counseling.

The grant will fund the program for four years, and provide “more intensive supervision, case management, medication-assisted treatment, and drug tests,” Jennifer Hard, Probation Program Manager, said in a press release.