- Associated Press - Sunday, December 3, 2017

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A drug court in Mississippi will start offering mental health services.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports that the services will be available in the 4th Circuit Drug Court in Washington, Sunflower and Leflore counties.

The court has received a three-year, $400,000 federal grant to cover the cost of hiring a mental health therapist, a peer support specialist and a supervising officer for drug court participants.

Judge Margaret Carey-McCray said she hopes the mental health program can begin by March.

In drug court, people who have problems with drug or alcohol abuse are sent to long-term rehabilitation facilities instead of prison. After completing the rehab program, participants are monitored through frequent drug testing and court appearances and are required to attend counseling.

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