From Harford County Government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig recently congratulated the staff of the Office of Drug Control Policy for their statewide recognition in substance abuse prevention programs.
The State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA) published their annual report for fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 3010), and according to their Prevention Program Activity Report, the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), a division within the Department of Community Services, served the greatest number of participants (a total of 23,517) of the 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. Baltimore City was second with 23,245, and Baltimore County was third with 23,134. The information within the ADAA’s Prevention Program Activity Report showed a jurisdictional breakdown of individuals served in recurring prevention programs and those who successfully completed the program.
“On behalf of the people of Harford County I want to recognize the staff of the Office of Drug Control Policy for their outstanding performance,” said County Executive Craig. “Despite having half the staff and resources of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Joe Ryan and the dedicated members of his team continue their commitment to citizens of Harford County who are struggling with substance abuse issues.”
All strategies and service types reported in the ADAA Prevention Program Activity Report by each individual program are based on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s six primary prevention strategies: Alternatives, Community Based Process, Education, Environmental, Information Dissemination, and Problem ID and Referral.
The month of May is recognized as National Drug Court Month, and as such the Office of Drug Control Policy wishes to make the public aware of the array of services available to Harford County citizens. The County has five drug courts, including three in the District Court: DUI to address drunk driving issues; Adult Drug Court to address first time drug violators; and Mental Health Court to address adults with a mental health issue who commit minor crimes.
Two drug courts operate in the Circuit Court: Juvenile Drug Court and Family Drug Court. Juvenile Drug Court deals with youth under the age of 18 with major addiction problems. Family Drug Court deals with adult drug and alcohol abusers who have had their children removed from the home; if the parents abstain from drug use, the Department of Social Services will return the children to the parent.
Over 150 clients are served in all of the above drug court programs. Each program takes approximately 8-12 months to complete. For more information on Harford County Drug Courts, contact 410-638-3333.
The Office of Drug Control Policy acknowledges the treatment providers in the programs: TRW and Associates (DUI Court), Emmorton Psych (Family Drug Court), Harford County Health Department (Adult Drug Court), the Juvenile Drug Court team, and the Department of Juvenile Services. For more information about the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/drugcontrol or call 410-638-3333