Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $498,644)
The Twenty-second Judicial District Juvenile Court will use grant funds to implement a post-adjudication drug court for male and female substance abusing juveniles who commit certain drug-driven felony or misdemeanor crimes. The St. Tammany Parish Adolescent Drug Court will serve 180 to 220 juveniles and their families during the grant period. The principal goals of the program are to: provide early intervention with at-risk youth who currently manifest behaviors that will produce future criminal activity; reduce the substance use/abuse/addiction among program participants; assist families of substance abusing youth in addressing their own drug and alcohol problems; and reintegrate program participants into the community with improved pro-social skills as well as greater individual and family functioning. Services will include substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention, intensive supervision, support groups, and ancillary services to break the cycle of substance abuse. Grant funds will directly support the following: a drug court case manager, an aftercare/life skills educator, two part-time secretary/receptionist, one full-time therapist, and 2 part-time therapist positions; state and local travel for staff to attend drug court training events; computer equipment and computer support; program evaluation; advanced substance abuse assessment and treatment training; and a parenting trainer.