house resolution no.92

Rep. Witwer offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare May 2023 as Drug Court Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Treatment courts are the cornerstone of justice reform sweeping the nation and are now recognized as the most successful justice system intervention in our nationís history; and

Whereas, Nearly 4,000 treatment courts nationwide, including Michiganís 208 treatment courts, have restored the lives and families of more than 1.5 million individuals; and

Whereas, Outcomes have shown significant improvements to substance use disorder treatment, substantially reduced addiction and related crime, and do so at less expense than any other criminal justice strategy with a savings of an average of $6,000 for every individual they serve]; and

Whereas, Treatment courts improve education, employment, housing, and financial stability, promote family reunification, reduce foster care placements, increase the rate of addicted mothers delivering babies who are fully drug-free, and demonstrate that when one person rises out of substance use and crime, all rise; and

Whereas, Treatment courts facilitate community-wide partnerships, bringing together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation professionals, law enforcement and community supervision personnel, researchers and educators, national and community leaders, and others dedicated to drug courts and similar types of treatment programs are healing families and communities across the country; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 2023 as Drug Court Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.