by CYNTHIA KMETT
Keeping our citizens free of alcohol and drug addiction is one of Judge Kirsten Nielsen-Hartig’s goals as she presides over Sobriety Court in District Court 52-4, which serves Troy and Clawson, The court provides intensive one-on-one support for offenders who are heavily addicted to drugs or alcohol
For her outstanding efforts, the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC) recently honored Judge Hartig with the first-ever Legacy Prevention Advocate Award for her outstanding dedication to supporting youth prevention programs in Oakland County. Founded in 1993, the ACHC is committed to building healthy and drug-free communities. It includes 19 prevention coalitions that serve more than 40 local communities across Oakland County. Judge Hartig was presented with the award during the ACHC Inaugural Legacy Gala in Pontiac.
Judge Hartig was the first Sobriety Court judge to join the ACHC Oakland County Chapter of Families Against Narcotics as an advisory member. She is also an active member of the Troy Community Coalition. Judge Hartig helps bring awareness to parents and youth at Clawson and Troy Public Schools on the dangers of opiate-based prescription painkillers and shares stories of the destructive impact drugs and alcohol have on individuals and families in her court room.
For these efforts, the Oakland County Board of Commissions last week presented Judge Hartig with a proclamation to congratulate her on receiving the ACHC Legacy Prevention Advocate Award, and to thank her for her hard work, commitment and countless contributions to improving and protecting the lives of young people in Oakland County.