POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County is set to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding to expand its drug treatment court.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., announced Wednesday that he helped secure $400,000 for the county to hire additional personnel to assist with the county court created earlier this year for defendants trying to overcome substance abuse. The county will receive a total of $400,000 over the course of three years.

Casey submitted a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March in support of the county’s application for funding through the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. The grant carries a 20 percent local match from the county.

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