Resources and Help
I believe that often enough, legal problems are a symptom of some social issue such as poverty or substance abuse. And I believe that it is all our job, as citizens of Denton, and as human beings, to take care of each other. If social issues such as substance abuse or hunger can be addressed, perhaps we can remove many, many people from involvement in the criminal justice system. The following are some resources and help available right here in Denton.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is held annually on August 31st, and is a global day to bring awareness to, and remove the stigma of, drug overdose deaths. It is also an international day of grieving for families and friends who have lost someone to drug overdose. Events are held in cities around the world, including in Austin and Dallas. I highly recommend attending if you have lost have friend, partner, or family member to drug overdose.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that immediately reverses the effects of opiates like heroin, fentanyl, and Vicodin, thereby preventing fatal overdose. As of 2015, Naloxone is legal for anyone in Texas to possess, with or without a prescription. As of summer of 2016, Naloxone is sold over-the-counter at all Texas CVS and Walgreens locations. I keep Naloxone at my office (903 North Elm Street, Denton, Texas 76201), available for free, to anyone who wants it or knows someone who does. Simply come into the office, and ask for it. No questions asked. More information on Naloxone at the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative: http://www.texasoverdosenaloxoneinitiative.com/
Solutions of North Texas is a non-profit substance abuse treatment facility located in Denton, Texas. It provides residential treatment for substance abuse, as well as an intensive outpatient program. It is by far the most affordable and most effective substance abuse treatment that I am aware. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If substance abuse treatment an option you want to pursue, I am always available to sit down and discuss it with you, and your family (if you would like them to be part of the conversation.) Voluntary substance abuse treatment will not hurt your case, and will likely help your case, and will certainly help you move forward in life. More information about Solutions of North Texas is available at: http://sontx.org/
FOOD AND NECESSITIES
Little Free Pantry provides food and essentials (band aids, toilet paper, baby wipes, etc.) free of charge to people in need. There is no application process or paperwork required. Instead, simply take what you need from the boxes. A Little Free Pantry box is located directly in front of my office at 903 North Elm Street, Denton, Texas 76201. It is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More information at: http://servedenton.org/little-free-pantry/
Snelling is an employment agency located off Elm Street in Denton. It is a few blocks north of my office. Snelling offers direct hire, temp to hire, temporary, and on-site staffing. The have previously found work for people with pending criminal charges, and with criminal convictions. I used to office next door to them, and they were excellent as far as placing people who had turned away from other jobs due to criminal history or little prior work experience. More information about Snelling is available at:https://denton.snelling.com/