Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $550,000)
The Superior Court, County of Alameda seeks $500,000 in Category 3 funding to enhance the operation of its post-adjudication Adult Reentry Court (ARC) by increasing mental health services, access to substance use disorder treatment, to implement frequent and random drug testing, and to contract with an experienced external evaluator. The target population is formerly incarcerated individuals on supervision in Alameda County at high risk of recidivism with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. A minimum of 100 of the highest-risk, highest-need supervisees will be served over the grant period. The ARC will reduce recidivism and incarceration and promote community reintegration while protecting public safety.
Phase advancement from intake to graduation requires a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 months, with an average length of stay among graduates of 428 days. ARC supports carefully monitored medication assisted treatments (MAT) including naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine. The evidence-based ASAM Criteria assessment includes a section on withdrawal symptoms. Ambulatory and residential withdrawal treatment providers are available. The court contracts with multiple SUD treatment providers offering a full spectrum of modalities addressing opioids, stimulants, and other drug problems. All participants enter the appropriate modality of SUD and mental health treatment within one week of program entry at no cost to themselves.
NADCP best practice standard I (evidence-based assessment) is addressed on pages 4, 8, 12, and 14; Standard II (equity and inclusion) on pages 1, 2, 6, 16 and 19; Standard III (role of the judge) on 5,6,12, 14 and 17; Standard IV (Incentives, Sanctions) on pages 5,6,10 and 15; Standard V (SUD Treatment) on pages 3,4,6 and 7-12; Standard VI (Complementary Treatment) on pages 5,6,10,11,13 and 14; Standard VII (Drug-Alcohol Testing) on pages 6-11; Standard VIII (Multidisciplinary Team) on pages 5,6 and 14-17; Standard IX (Census and Caseloads) on pages 3 and 4; Standard X (Monitoring and Evaluation) on pages 6,8,10,11,16, and 18-20.
The Alameda County Superior Court is not leveraging any other federal funding sources for the ARC program. The Superior Court of Alameda County has received four Drug Court Grants from OJP (award numbers 2013-DC-BX-0019 (as a sub-grantee), 2015-DC-BX-0075, 2016-DC-BX-0072, and 2018-VC-BX-0002).