United Way Virginia Highlands, along with Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton, have announced the contribution of a $10,000 grant by United Way to assist in the continuation of the Russell County adult drug court.
In a press release, officials say the drug court is designed to provide long-term treatment services under strict supervision for eligible offenders who are substance abusers or individuals who are dependent on substances.
Russell County residents at least 18 years of age with a pending criminal case in the county will be eligible for the drug court program. Individuals charged with violent crimes or dealing drugs will not be qualified for the program.
Drug court participants will be required to participate in therapy programs with specific goals for individuals to help enable them to maintain a job, care for dependents, and pass daily drug screening tests. The participant is required to appear before the judge weekly to review his or her behavior.
United Way of Virginia Highlands allocates resources to over 59 partner agencies in Russell, Smyth and Washington Counties in Virginia.