Jun 23 2003

SC Department of Public Safety to Receive Over $1 Million in Federal Grant Money for Substance Abuse Programs

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the South Carolina Department of Public Safety a $1.074 million dollar grant to support substance abuse treatment programs. The funds will be used to support residential substance abuse treatment facilities that are set apart from programs in correctional or detention facilities. The programs supported by this grant are intended to support previously unserved or underserved populations, and provide treatment for six to twelve months. Treatment programs will focus on the substance abuse problems of offenders and develop their cognitive, behavioral, social and vocational skills. Projects to be funded may include treatment programs for high-risk offenders between the ages of 17 and 25 sentenced under the South Carolina Youthful Offender Act. “This money will help rehabilitate drug offenders, and help them to become more productive members of society,” said Graham.