- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal agency is providing $325,000 in funding for operation of a special court that deals with drug-related cases in Birmingham.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is providing the money to Birmingham’s municipal drug court. The funding will be spread out over three years.

Birmingham’s court is the only program in Alabama to receive the money, but it’s only one of more than 40 programs nationwide to receive funding.

Like other drug courts around the state and nation, the Birmingham court is for people who have had substance use disorders accompanied by mental problems. The courts try to get people into treatment programs.

Drug courts operate in dozens of counties in Alabama.

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