Group bridging funding gap for southern Illinois meth program

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Some good news came Tuesday afternoon regarding the Franklin County Methamphetamine Treatment Program.
 
County officials say The Franklin County 708 Board has agreed to give $30,000 to the program to help it operate through July 15.
 
The program was slated to stop operating on May 15 due to a funding freeze by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
 
Chief Judge Tom Tedeschi says the actions of the county board, County Treasurer John Gulley, Franklin County 708 Board Chairman Gerald Owens and the 708 board have given this important program new life while we await a decision on next year’s funding from the state.
 
The meth program serves 41 central and southern Illinois counties.