Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $380,189)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) envisions a nation and tribal nations where our children are healthy, educated, and free from violence. If they come into contact with the family and juvenile justice system, the contact should be rare, fair and beneficial to them. To meet this vision, tribal juvenile, juvenile and family, or family Healing to Wellness Courts (referred to as Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts) provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, community-based, and culturally appropriate services for youth who come in contact with the tribal juvenile justice system due to alcohol or other drug use. This program supports efforts of such courts to develop or enhance their capacity to address issues related to youth younger than 21 years old who possess and consume alcohol.
The goal of the Lac du Flambeau (LdF) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Court is to improve the health and wellness of LdF Tribal youth, and increase public safety in the LdF community, by decreasing rates of Alcohol use and abuse by youth under the age of 18. The project will enhance the capacity of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court to incorporate evidence based decision-making strategies and to enforce those decisions within the tribal juvenile court system, by creating an Underage Drinking Wellness Court to serve people under the age of 18 who consume alcohol and suffer from alcohol related issues. Project objectives will include: 1) Increase tribe's ability to identify and intervene on underage youth who drink, as early as possible in the progression of the youth's drinking; 2) Assess all LdF youth under the age of 18 who are cited for drinking for AODA issues and other underlying issues that can contribute to AODA; 3) Provide youth identified as having AODA and other underlying issues with comprehensive, trauma-informed, Healing to Wellness Court programming that treats the youth for these issues; and 4) Provide underage LdF youth who drink with opportunities to gain knowledge of and exposure to activities that deter drinking.