NCATR – NC Access to Recovery

NC Access to Recovery (NC ATR) is a voucher program that extends the current array of services and youth-image_0availability of providers in the state by providing treatment and recovery support services through the use of grant funds so participants can choose their services and providers freely and independently. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA-CSAT) awarded the ATR three-year grant to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS) in October 2014. The Division is contracting with Recovery Communities of North Carolina to implement this initiative.

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The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Race

From the Drug Policy Alliance: “With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population 1 , the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and harsh sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for people of color. Although rates of drug use and sales are similar across racial and ethnic lines, Black and Latino people are far more likely to be criminalized than white people.” To read the entire report, in PDF format, click here.