Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $351,666)
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 Pueblo of Zuni will use grant funds to implement a Healing to Wellness Court to restore harmony and balance in their youth and community through integrated program approaches utilizing community resources and cultural practics to break the cycles of alcohol and drug dependence.
Zuni Pueblo will provide a structured treatment/court monitoring program for juveniles aged 12 to 18 to reduce alcohol and drug use and increase nurturing, asset-building, self-esteem and academic competencies by integrating courts, service providers and parents into a comprehensive treatment team built around Zuni cultural and family values. The tribe will achieve its goal by carrying out the following objectives: 1) reducing recurrence of alcohol/drug related crimes by participants (including family members) by 20% as compared to their arrest statistics for the previous three years;
2) increasing client participation in traditional, cultural and spiritual values that focus on a unified family structure, respect for elders, and a commitment to serve the community; 3)reducing referrals for alcohol/drug use among family members by 33% as compared to the previous three years by promoting a healthy family environment through personal involvement, education, counseling, sanctions and incentives; and 4)increasing the client's educational attendance rates by 15% as compared to the three years before program entry by providing incentives, sanctions and options for reducing suspensions and expulsions and for completing high school, vocational training or equivalent education.