Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $499,799)
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.
Grant funds will be used to integrate a court-based collaboration through timely decisions, safe and permanent placements, coordinated services, and quality treatment in an effort to protect children from the abuse and neglect that results from substance abuse. Grantee will implement a seven-phase program that integrates alcohol and other drug treatment services with system case processing by employing the use of frequent judicial intervention, random drug testing, and a continuum of residential and outpatient treatment services.
The program will target high-risk families to include those with coexisting-mental health issues and those who are homeless. The parents of multiple dependency-involved children will also be targeted. The program will serve the families of fifty children simultaneously. Grant funds will allow the program to be professionally evaluated.