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Cleveland City Council OKs money for Municipal Court drug abuse program and Cleveland schools arts and rec  

September 18, 2018

Cleveland City Council OKs money for Municipal Court drug abuse program and Cleveland schools arts and rec  

CLEVELAND, Ohio – City Council approved two ordinances Monday that together allow nearly $3 million in spending for a substance-abuse treatment program in Cleveland Municipal Court and an arts-and-recreation program in Cleveland schools. 

In both cases, the money will allow existing programs to continue.  

The Municipal Court program provides treatment for substance abuse and alcohol abuse for defendants involved with four specialized dockets – drugs, mental health, veteran treatment and human trafficking. 

Council approved acceptance of a $2 million grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services that will pay for treatment in lieu of incarceration. 

The grant will provide $400,000 a year, allowing the program to continue for another five years. 

Council also gave its approval for Cleveland to commit $950,000 toward extracurricular arts and athletic programs in Cleveland city schools. 

Cleveland has been contributing to the programs through its Department of Parks and Recreation since 1995.  

The $950,000 contribution, the same amount donated each of the last two years, will be funded by parking and admission taxes the city collects. 

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