Door County is a grant away from establishing its own treatment court for drug offenders. The county is in the running for a state Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program grant, which is designed for counties without the treatment court. Instead of strictly incarcerating people, treatment courts take a more problem-solving and public health approach to making sure they get the help they need. Judge David Weber has championed the cause since he took the post well over a year ago and says they have been hard at work making sure all the pieces are in place.
This would be the second grant the program has earned after receiving one earlier this year from the federal Bureau of Justice Administration to fund training. Weber believes they could start hiring team members by the first of the year and have the treatment court up and running by the middle of 2020.