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.
Aware of the differences in addressing juveniles and adults, the juvenile drug court will provide a cognitive behavioral model and incorporate a criminal thinking module developed for juveniles. The implementation grant will enable the juvenile court system, law enforcement, school officials, Department of Juvenile Justice, Court Designated Workers, Department for Community Based Services, treatment providers, and other local resource providers to work together to address the needs of juvenile offenders to prevent further interaction with the legal system.