Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $499,565)
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 Dallas County Juvenile Drug Court will provide intensive judicial intervention and supervision of juveniles and families involved in substance abuse that are not generally available through the traditional juvenile court process. The process is designed to intervene at the earliest possible point after the child's entry into the juvenile justice system, and provide treatment alternatives for youth when indicators reveal the need for immediate intervention. The Drug Court will also take non-traditional approaches to enhance family involvement and participation by operating during times when the family is more accessible, by providing in-home counseling services, and linking family members to services essential for improving the outcome.