State court system administrator Steve Canterbury, who is also a member of the governor's substance abuse advisory council, praised the governor's efforts so far.
Canterbury said the council had identified "real gaps" in service for substance abusers.
"They're not going to be able to fill all those gaps, there's not enough money," Canterbury said of the Tomblin administration. "But the governor did direct, I think, a good strategic sum to fill those gaps where they are most needed."
It's clear that dealing with substance abuse and prison overcrowding are going to be a priority for Tomblin heading into next month's legislative session.
According to the Justice Center's report, 66 percent of people entering West Virginia prisons in 2011 needed substance abuse treatment. Presumably, some number of them would not be going to prison if they had been treated sooner.
"What we learned from our experts - substance abuse is the root cause of prison overcrowding, and the high recidivism rate exacerbates the problem," Tomblin said in a statement on Tuesday. "In short, we must act now to address these challenges."
Canterbury said Tomblin's decision to focus on substance abuse is noble because there are "few political victories (for) honestly dealing with drug abuse."
"I think the governor has taken on - not only in this arena but in others - some of the most thankless jobs imaginable," Canterbury said.
Besides finding new money, Tomblin's advisory council made several other recommendations. Among them: