Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $200,000)
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 1: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Planning, funding will support jurisdictions that have identified a need to establish a JDTC.
The Cherokee County Juvenile Court (CCJC) will create an evidence-based JDTC that uses comprehensive judicial and community-based interventions to provide an effective and comprehensive response to youth offenders in need of substance abuse treatment and behavioral interventions. The project will establish a JDTC program for youth offenders with a continuum of intervention services, including substance abuse treatment, life skills development, mentoring, behavioral health, and intensive supervision and recovery support services. CCJC will establish a comprehensive JDTC team, develop a strategic plan to assist in the development and implementation of a new JDTC program with practices aligned with JDTC guidelines, implement research-informed approaches that are likely to reduce drug-related offending, improve outcomes among youth, and develop an effective stainability plan to prepare for the implementation of the JDTC program. CA/NCF