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 intention of this project is to more effectively address underage drinking within the Southern Ute Tribe through enhancements to the existing tribal healing to wellness court. Funding will be used to support an evaluation of the existing procedures, assessment tools, and services in place and to develop enhancements that will sufficiently address alcohol issues for underage youth. The two primary goals for this project are 1) Enhance the capacity to comprehensively respond to alcohol related issues for underage youth; and 2) Reduce underage drinking. Goal one will be met by evaluating current policies and procedures, assessment tools, and direct services, identifying gaps, increasing the number of new or enhanced Wellness Court policies that address alcohol-related issues for underage youth, and increasing the number of eligible underage youth. Goal two will be met by implementing court interventions and supporting six alcohol awareness/prevention activities within the tribal community through partnership with the Southern Ute Police Department and local schools.