Longietti: More than $212,000 awarded to support Mercer County drug treatment court program, help residents in recovery

HERMITAGE, June 9 – Grant funding of $212,130 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will help Mercer County residents struggling with substance abuse and provide offenders treatment-based alternatives to incarceration, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding includes two separate grants – $122,130 to the Mercer County Behavior Health Commission to implement the Say it Straight program and $90,000 to the Mercer County Commissioners to support the Mercer County Treatment Court.

"Securing this funding will allow Mercer County to implement the Say it Straight program, to help residents recovering from substance use disorder stay on the right path,” Longietti said. “That support also helps them restore healthy relationships with their families and reestablish jobs and productive ties in the neighborhood – all of which strengthens our community.

“The funding will also bolster an important asset of our county justice system – the Mercer County Treatment Court – which works to reduce recidivism rates by helping offenders remain free of drug and alcohol addiction. That benefits taxpayers by reducing the costs of incarceration and returns former offenders to the community as productive wage earners.”

More information on PCCD is available at www.pccd.pa.gov.