Substance Abuse Partnership

Houston County and Dothan city commissioners have agreed to restore funding to the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership.

The organization will now be able to receive its annual federal dollars that would have been lost without the city and county funding.

At commission meetings Tuesday, board members and students who participated in the program attempted to convince commissioners that funding from the city and county, should not be cut.

Both of those groups stopped funding last month after an audit discovered a misappropriation of funds.

The partnership's board then suspended the agency's director, David Morales, with pay while they investigated the allegations.

Board Chairperson Sheila Azar announced that Morales felt it was best for the agency if he submitted his resignation.

The substance abuse board says they have implemented policies, as suggested by the auditor, to prevent the same thing from happening again as the agency grows larger.