Supes shoot down drug rehab money |

Supes shoot down drug rehab money

Supervisor Robin Sutherland says she will continue to seek additional money for Nevada County drug offenders to get 90 instead of 60 days in initial rehabilitation.

At this week’s board meeting, Sutherland asked for $45,000 for the rest of the 2005-06 fiscal year to get Prop. 36 drug treatment enrollees at least 90 days in a rehabilitation center. In November, the board voted to cut back initial treatment from 90 to 60 days to save money.

This week supervisors Sue Horne, Nate Beason and John Spencer chose to defer Sutherland’s request to the 2006-07 budget process. Sutherland and Supervisor Ted Owens voted against the deferral.

The vote effectively killed Sutherland’s idea to get the money until the fiscal year ends June 30, but she said she would probably bring it back again.

In a memo to fellow board members, Sutherland said, “Reducing the length of stay increases the likelihood that treatment will fail, and the client will recirculate through the court system, ultimately costing the taxpayers more money.”

“Are we being penny-wise and pound foolish?” Sutherland said Wednesday. “This is not a lot of money to stop repeat offenders.”

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