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El Paso DWI Drug Court Treatment Program celebrates 15 years of turning lives around

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The DWI Drug Court Program and Mountain Star Rehabilitation Foundation will celebrate 15 years of helping addicts recover and make their lives better. A dinner will be held to honor those people who have completed the program as well as the many individuals and agencies that help in the process.

The Drug Court was established on November 3rd, 2004 and started with 4 participants. As of October 2019, the program has 84 active participants. Since its inception, the program has graduated 504 participants.

The DWI Drug Court Intervention and Treatment Program has received the Academy Award in 2014 and 2017 from the National Center for DWI Drug Courts (NCDC) in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Academy (NHTSA) and has moved to the next stage to becoming a NCDC Academy Court for 2020. The Academy Award is only given to 4 Drug Courts nationwide.

It has various partnership with many community agencies including the El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, West Texas Community Supervision Department, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso, Project Vida, Project Bravo, Aliviane and others.

Mountain Star Rehabilitation Foundation is the non-profit organization in El Paso County that provides recovery and financial support for participants and families of the DWI Drug Court Treatment Program.

The organization connects participants and their families to opportunities in the community that support lifelong recovery. This includes costs related to graduation ceremonies, Recovery Coach certification registration fees, scholarships for educational opportunities, workforce trainings, career preparation, peer recovery services, treatment support, mental health support, and other ancillary services that support and promote recovery. MSRF also organizes community events to celebrate recovery and create online initiatives such as podcasting to share their recovery story with the public. This lends to reducing stigma about issues related to addiction and contributing to a safe and healthy community.

We accept donations to increase programmatic and educational opportunities for members of the recovery community and their families including our goals to celebrate recovery in El Paso County through social events and media.

For more information, please call 915-352-3489.

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Mark Ross

Mark Ross is an anchor/producer for ABC-7.

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