“September is national recovery month and a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week is being hailed by recovery providers and advocates as a major victory in New York’s continued efforts to curb addiction. The signing of S.4239B/A.6255B, authored by State Senator Terrence Murphy, will now allow recovering addicts to enter judicial diversion programs, better known as drug courts, while obtaining medically prescribed treatment.
“This was a common sense, bipartisan initiative, that I was proud to carry in the Senate and thank Governor Cuomo for signing it into law,” Senator Murphy said. “New York’s drug courts have saved countless lives from the scourge of addiction. By expanding those who qualify for this lifesaving program, New York no longer denies this opportunity to those relying on maintenance medications as part of their recovery. This signifies another win in our continuing war against addiction.”
As of August 1, 2014 New York had established 146 drug courts of which 90 were in criminal court, 35 in family court, 6 in town and village courts and 15 focused on juveniles. It is estimated these courts had more than 85,000 participants with a success rate of nearly 50 percent.”
See news release from the Legal Action Center also in this news update.
See related article on drug courts – Heroin, Pills Strain N.Y. Drug Courts, Treatment Clinics at: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2015/10/01/methadone-drug-courts/72992768/
Source: New York Senate – September 29, 2015