Madison County supervisors voted unanimously last week to fund the county juvenile drug court for $10,000 a month through July after federal funding was halted earlier this year.

Youth Court Judge Staci O’Neal told supervisors that due to a federal lawsuit involving sanctuary cities, the U.S. Department of Justice has halted its federal funding of the drug court program.

O’Neal said the juvenile drug court is funded by two grants — one from DOJ and another from the state.

“The county does not pay anything towards juvenile drug court,” she said. “If I lose the grant, I lose my staff. They’ll have to go get jobs somewhere else.”

O’Neal said in July they will receive the grant from the state and maybe by then the federal issue will be settled.

“Give us a Band-Aid until the feds release the funds,” she asked. “We’ve got kids in Madison County with drug problems who need us. I need the board to give us a Band-Aid.”

District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter asked O’Neal how much she needed to continue operations, to which she replied, $10,000 a month.

She said if they could fund the juvenile drug court until July, or whenever the feds release the money, that will keep them in operation.

“They may release the funds next month,” she said.

Supervisors asked O’Neal if the county could be paid back once the federal funds are released. She said she didn’t know but would try to make that happen.

“If we can get paid back we’d definitely like that money back,” District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin said after making a motion to fund the juvenile drug court.