Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $298,520)
The goal of the Juvenile Drug Courts Mentoring and Support Services Initiative is to build the capacity of states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and tribal governments to enhance juvenile drug courts by developing and establishing a comprehensive support service initiative that would include mentoring and other appropriate support services (i.e., educational services, health services, employment services, community services, recreational activities, parenting programs, housing assistance) to serve substance-abusing youth who are assigned to the juvenile drug court program. This program is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 3797u.
The purpose of Monroe County Teen Treatment Court's (MCTTC) Mentoring and Support Services Initiative is to provide the youth involved in the MCTTC Mentoring/support services and structured pro-social activities. The project's target population is non violent respondents in MCTTC, ages 11-17, with a diagnosis of substance abuse/dependence that fall into one of two categories; Persons In Need of Supervision and Juvenile Delinquents. The evidenced based Child and Family Team (CFT) Process will be utilized to assess and engage participants in the Mentoring program. This project is aimed at reducing common barriers to engagement in pro-social activities and uses natural community supports that are vital to the youth's long term success. Program success will be measured and tracked using specific performance measures as outlined in this grant. The total unduplicated number served over three years will be 150 youth.