Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $526,443)
The OJJDP FY 2014 Enhancements to Juvenile Drug Courts solicitation provides funding for currently operating juvenile drug courts to enhance capacity and services. A juvenile drug court provides comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, community-based services for youth who are younger than 18 years old and come in contact with the juvenile justice system due to alcohol or other drug use. The goal of this program is to enhance the capacity of juvenile drug courts and ultimately improve the outcome for the youth involved in the juvenile drug court program. Enhancements to juvenile drug courts will focus on one or more of the following key components of a juvenile drug court: (1) increase the use of scientifically based screening and assessment procedures for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system to identify youth in need of mental health and substance abuse services; (2) expand the range of developmentally appropriate and evidence-based programs and services to ensure a continuum of care is available for these youth; (3) enhance or develop family engagement; and/or (4) expand the outcome monitoring of the juvenile drug court.
The Third Circuit Court of Michigan Juvenile Division Specialized Treatment for Alcohol and Narcotic Dependency (S.T.A.N.D.) Program will address substance abuse and related nonviolent delinquent behaviors of 180 juveniles between ages 13-17 in Wayne County. The program utilizes therapeutic jurisprudence and case management to develop, coordinate and monitor a juveniles treatment. When a juvenile in the program successfully completes all requirements, the Court dismisses the original charge. The STAND Program has provided an innovative alternative to the traditional method of handling criminal cases by uniting the criminal justice and treatment services in an effort to break the cycle of drug-driven criminal behavior. Grant funding will support services that include an on-site tutorial center, and a psychiatric and psychological testing center for program participants. Outcomes for this project include a reduction in marijuana and substance use and recidivism, and improved social and family relations. Funds will be used to meet the following objectives in the juvenile court: enhance services to strengthen the quality of our substance abuse treatment effectiveness through the use of evidence based programs; provide services relating to co-occurring treatment intervention; increase recovery and support services, pro-social activities; and promote cohesiveness in relationships with family, peers, community, and school. CA/NCF