Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals
Raising awareness, providing education and promoting community collaborations for treatment courts across Missouri.
OF TREATMENT COURT PROFESSIONALS
With over 2,000 drug courts in existence or being planned, there is a great deal of bi-partisan interest in drug courts across the nation. This site provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
In his State of the Union address on March 1, 2022, President Biden spoke to the substance use crisis in America. “There is so much we can do," he said in the address. "Increase funding for prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery. … If you are suffering from addiction, know that you are not alone"
"Defeating this epidemic will require the commitment of every State, local, and Federal agency. Failure is not an option. Addiction is not our future. We will liberate our country from this crisis."
“For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice. The most important thing to do is reduce demand. And the only way to do that is to provide treatment – to see it as a public health problem and not a criminal problem.”
"Three quarters of the growth in the number of federal prison inmates is due to drug crimes. Building new prisons will only go so far. Drug courts and mandatory testing and treatment are effective. I have seen drug courts work. I know they... make a difference."
"Drug courts are an effective and cost efficient way to help non-violent drug offenders commit to a rigorous drug treatment program in lieu of prison."