Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $333,818)
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) will use grant funds to implement a juvenile drug court in Forsyth County for nonviolent, substance abusing, male and female, juvenile offenders. The drug court program will serve 75 juveniles and 150 family members in a 12-18 month post-adjudicatory program over a three-year grant period. The principal objectives of this program are to enhance public safety, decrease drug use by program participants, coordinate services, and improve school performance by program participants. Drug court services will include regular judicial supervision, intensive treatment, a schedule of incentives and sanctions, and frequent mandatory drug testing. The Forsyth County Youth Treatment Court will incorporate collateral services such as education, mental and primary health care, and employment. An independent evaluator will conduct process and outcome evaluations to gauge program effectiveness. The grant recipient will coordinate the drug court effort with the following agencies or offices: local law enforcement, Department of Correction, Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Youth Treatment Court Program, and Department of Heath and Human Services.