Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $237,030)
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 Richmond Juvenile Drug Court began operation in 1999 for nonviolent offenders charged with an offense that could result in a commitment to a state correctional institution. The program design utilizes a team approach and encompasses the ten primary components of an effective drug court model. The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program funds will be used to maintain the current operations of the program by replacing lost funding for the project coordinator position as well as enhance its functioning by adding the services of a certified educator. Also, the grant funds will help to: improve coordination of treatment services to increase the graduation rates; increase enrollment of participants into medical insurance programs thus improving access to medical health treatment; develop stronger linkages with medical service provision; and, provide educational services and enhancing the ability to coordinate with Richmond's educational and vocational services required to support treatment and aftercare.