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Treatment Not Incarceration

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
For too many people, substance use problems lead to involvement with the justice system. But when that happens, incarceration isn’t always the best answer. It’s costly to taxpayers and often provokes a cascade of collateral problems. Other approaches are needed.
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Opening the Door to Treatment

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
Dixon, Illinois is the kind of place that comes to mind when you think of middle America. It was President Ronald Reagan’s hometown, after all, and it still retains much of its old-time charm. This community of some 15,000 people is now the home of farms, small shops … and addiction. Addiction isn’t restricted to major cities. People in rural areas are just as susceptible as those in the Inner City. But there’s one big difference: people living in those rural areas face more barriers to getting treatment.
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When Recovery is the Better Option

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

For people struggling with addiction in Lake County, Illinois, time wasn’t on their side. Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, this populous Midwestern county faced two serious problems. It was taking way too long for people who were ready to receive help to get into treatment. And a growing number of them were dying as a result of that long delay. For a decade, local officials watched helplessly as addiction-related issues went from bad to worse, to worse still.  
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House Appropriations Committee Advances FY20 CJS Funding Bill

By Braeden Kelly on May 25, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill for fiscal year 2020. The proposal contains $375 million for criminal justice programs authorized by Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

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A New Baby and A New Start

By Mark Powell on May 22, 2019

  
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Paying Recovery Forward

By Mark Powell on April 9, 2019

  
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