Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $400,000)
The Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to enhance existing drug courts or implement new juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) for individuals with substance abuse problems or co-occurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma. Under Category 2, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational (for at least 1 year) juvenile drug treatment court to enhance the operation of the court.
The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara will expand and enhance its JDTC to serve 30 new clients per year, for a total of 90 participants over 3 years. The project will enhance and expand services to high-risk/high-need juveniles with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and will use evidence-based practices selected specifically for the target population. The primary project goals are to (1) continue to provide an integrated, coordinated infrastructure from which to implement expanded services; (2) expand the JDTC capacity by increasing the number of available slots for the target population; (3) increase access to and enhance services for the target population; and (4) monitor and make data-informed improvements. Progress toward these goals will be measured through ongoing data collection efforts, assessment of the program through a review of program policy and procedures, monitoring referral and screening rates, and continued collaboration among public agencies and service providers with the goal of improving consistency, expertise, and skills related to serving the target population. CA/NCF