Veteran to Keynote Treatment Courts Foundation Event

It’s been said that every journey begins with a single step.

However, when that journey is one of recovery from a mental or substance abuse disorder, that first step on will be a daunting and uphill climb, which can seem insurmountable.

September is National Recovery Month. The commemoration, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to increase awareness, education and understanding of such disorders as well as celebrate those on a successful road to recovery.

Locally, that road to recovery – and some of the difficult first steps taken upon it – are aided by the Ingham County Treatment Courts Foundation. The foundation supports the region’s district, circuit and family treatment courts in Lansing, East Lansing and Mason by providing monetary assistance to alleviate everyday financial obstacles that may hinder a participant’s progress toward sobriety while in the court’s rehabilitation programs. Examples include assisting with substance abuse counseling fees, transportation costs, bills, utilities, drug screenings and any other needs that threaten a participant’s ability to finish the intensive court-ordered program.

To promote and continue its mission, the Ingham County Treatment Courts Foundation is holding its eighth annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Country Club of Lansing, 2200 Moores River Drive.

This year’s keynote speakers will include treatment court graduates along with special guest U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tommy Rieman. The staff sergeant has over 14 years of service in the armed forces and is a recipient of the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for valor in Iraq. He was also enrolled in North Carolina’s first-ever veterans’ treatment court program.

“Eleven years ago, members of the community came together and decided that we needed to assist, at first the sobriety court, and now all of the treatment courts of Ingham County, because unfortunately their funding sources do not allow them to provide all the services needed for those going through the programs,” said foundation President John Nicolucci, an attorney with Foster Swift Collins & Smith.

Foundation Executive Director Jerre Cory noted that 90% of the people that participate in the treatment court programs do not fall back into old habits or addictions, making the programs an invaluable resource to the local community.

Those wishing to attend the breakfast may RSVP by contacting Sharla Clements at sclements@fosterswift.com or at (517) 371-8188. To learn more about the efforts of the foundation or how to contribute, visit inghamsobriety.com, or contact Nicolucci at (517) 371-8224 or jnicolucci@fosterswift.com or Cory at (517) 285-9359 or jerrecory@ymail.com.

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