Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $500,000)
The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is designed to assist states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments in developing and establishing drug courts for substance-abusing adult and juvenile offenders. Drug court programs funded by the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program are required by law to target nonviolent offenders. The Program supports the following activities: Adult drug court implementation, Juvenile drug court implementation, Family drug court implementation, Single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, Statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts.
The goal of this project is to address the drug and alcohol problems of eligible and participating non-violent juvenile offenders through a healing to wellness alternative/intervention program in a community setting. This replaces traditional sentencing and off-reservation referrals with a probation-based program of culturally and developmentally appropriate treatment; and education which features graduated incentives and sanctions. This will be accomplished through implementation of an intake and referral process that includes a screening and assessment process; and identification and procurement of the MIS system, training of staff in full utilization of the system and coordination of information sharing with other appropriate agencies.