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.
A Weber County Juvenile Drug Court will make a significant difference in the treatment and sentencing options for juveniles in the county. The process will start when a juvenile is referred to the Juvenile Court for a non-violent delinquency or is on probation and unable to comply with court orders due to repeated drug use. The juvenile will be screened and assessed to see if he or she meets the eligibility requirements for drug court. If the juvenile is appropriate, the charges are adjudicated and the juvenile is placed in Phase One for further assessment. The four phased program, which couples creative treatment plans with increased judicial and probationary supervision, will help stabilize the juvenile and provide families with training and support on addiction issues.