For Immediate Release - September 25, 2014

Lynn Court Awarded Federal Grant to Double Number of Drug Court Participants, Coordinate Community-Based Treatment Services

BOSTON, MA – Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence today announced that the Lynn District Court has received a $200,000 Department of Justice grant to significantly expand its specialty drug court program over the next two years. The grant will allow the court to double the number of participants in the drug court program to 120 high-risk, high-need adult probationers, and hire a full-time Drug Court Clinical Coordinator.

In addition, the court will partner with the Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) to coordinate physical and behavioral treatment services for program participants. LCHC uses an integrated health care strategy of medication-assisted treatment coupled with intensive outpatient services. Under the leadership of First Justice Albert S. Conlon, the court will continue its close partnership with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to ensure early identification of eligible drug court participants.

“This grant comes at a crucial time in our battle against opioid abuse,” said Chief Justice Carey. “The funds will enable the Lynn District Court to join forces with an esteemed community partner to provide the most innovative, evidence-based practices used in the field today. With a full-time Drug Court Clinical Coordinator, we’ll be better able to assess probationers with updated risk-need assessment tools, and fill the gap in treatment services through this new collaboration.”

“For the first time, we’ll have someone on our team whose full-time responsibility will be completely dedicated to identifying and placing drug-addicted people into the appropriate treatment services,” said Judge James L. LaMothe, who presides over the Lynn Drug Court session. “The Drug Court Clinical Coordinator will work in cooperation with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and the Lynn Community Health Center to provide the right kind of treatments. We’re hopeful that if this program is successful, the Trial Court will be able to replicate it across the state.”

“We look forward to partnering with the Lynn District Court to address the needs of these high risk individuals,” said Lori Abrams Berry, Executive Director. “We have been providing healthcare services in the Lynn Community since 1971, and recognize the complexity of treating those who face the challenges of poverty and language barriers. Treating their addiction issues in coordination with medical care, behavioral health care, and case management will give them a foundation for building a better future.”