Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $300,000)
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 Family and Juvenile Drug Court will utilize grant funds for the purpose of expanding the core juvenile drug court program operations by adding the Juvenile Drug Court Diversion track, as well as to enhance ongoing treatment and pre-aftercare services by adding an in-house therapeutic group and to create a new position to aid participants in developing healthy social skills after their departure from the program. In addition, grant funds will pay for treatment services for Drug Court participants who are not Medicaid eligible or who are not eligible for the State's RITE Care health insurance program (families with children under 20 and income up to 250% of poverty level). This program will also improve the ongoing development of the Drug Court team by way of attending the National Association of Drug Court Professional annual trainings as well as any training offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.