(Cuyahoga County) - Cleveland's Drug Court is expanding services in hopes of keeping addict from returning to substance abuse.

Cleveland Municipal Court and Cleveland's Department of Public Health are teaming up to offer Drug Court participants comprehensive medical care along with alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

Judge Ronald Adrine says funding is now available through the President's Affordable Care Act to provide medical, optical, and dental care to in addition to the usual recovery programs.

Judge Anita Laster Mays explains that the services will also be made available to suburban offenders if municipal judges in their communities refer them to Cleveland's Drug Court.

Mays says offenders who have their physical and emotional needs addressed are less likely to return to substance abuse, as well as criminal acts to support their habits.

Judges Anita Laster Mays & Ronald Adrine of Cleveland Municipal Court.

Mays contends, with such a complete circle of care there will be no more excuses for people going through the program to get well and lead productive lives.

She adds that for each participant, it costs about $4,000 a year to go through the Drug Court program, as compared with $25,000 annually to house someone in prison.

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(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)

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