Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $450,000)
The Juvenile and Family 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 juvenile offenders. Drug court programs funded by the Juvenile and Family Court Discretionary Grant Program are required by law to target nonviolent offenders. The Program supports the following activities: Juvenile drug court implementation, Family drug court implementation, Single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, Statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts. The Circuit Court for Harford County will use this implementation grant to support a family drug court. Helping non-violent, substance abusing parents return to a drug-free lifestyle and assume the full responsibilities of parenthood are the primary goals of the Harford County Family Recovery Court (FRC), with emphasis on high participation rates of eligible parents and low recidivism rates of program participants. Parents are eligible for FRC when they are in a family dependency petition alleging abuse or neglect and they suffer from a substance abuse problem, in addition to volunteering for the program and having no violent histories. The grantee will report performance measures that include 1) Number of participants arrested for drug charges while participating in the drug court and 2) Number of graduates (participants who have completed all treatment).