Statewide, Inpatient Drug Facility Open

In August, a new, statewide component was added to the roughly 50 drug courts in Tennessee, the Tennessean reports. The state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Correction, along with Gov. Bill Haslam, encouraged and funded the creation of a state facility to house offenders from various counties who are so addicted that they can not be helped at the local level. The Morgan County Recovery Court in Wartburg, about 45 miles west of Knoxville, is an inpatient treatment program that will eventually house 60 to 100 people. Davidson County Judge Seth Norman is overseeing ithe start of the pilot program, and lawyer Bradley MacLean is the facility’s program director.