Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $435,693)
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.
These grant funds will implement a Family Drug Court in Lewiston, Maine, a location with a heavy volume of dependency and delinquency cases and an established Juvenile Drug Court but no Family Drug Court. By implementing a Family Drug Court in Lewiston for parents whose children are involved in child protection and/or juvenile proceedings, the court will be able to serve the needs of an entire family.
The goals and objectives are to establish a culturally sensitive, evidence-based biopsychosocial assessment and integrated treatment capacity targeting the core causes of child maltreatment, including substance abuse, mental illness, and traumatization, with wraparound services as resources to the Family Drug Treatment Court.