Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $426,422)
Chippewa County Recovery Court Enhancement Abstract Applicant Jurisdiction Description: Category 3 Enhancement; Local community; Rural Population 64,658. 94.7% white, 1.8% black and 1.9% Hispanic; Poverty level 10.9%. Chippewa County Recovery Court, located at 711 North Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, requests Discretionary Grant Program funds in the amount of $387.665 to enhance our post adjudication Adult Recovery Court established in August 2007. The intent of the Recovery Court is to increase community safety and restore sober, productive and law-abiding citizens to the community by breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction through effective, long-term treatment with intensive court supervision. Program success is measured in terms of participants maintaining drug-free lifestyles, experiencing improved psychological and physical health, experiencing improved education and employment opportunities, and demonstrating decreased criminality. Focus population is non-violent, felony repeat offenders, who have committed offenses motivated by alcohol or drug use. Entrants have high risk and criminogenic needs, and have been diagnosed with substance dependence or addiction. Medication Assisted Treatment is available to participants. Minimum length of program is twelve months, with average being fifteen months. Project goals which will address opioid and other substance abuse reduction include: (a) Expand access to Residential Treatment (b) expand access to MAT and outpatient treatment services; (c) sober housing; (d) expanded services for Peer Mentoring and other support services and (e) ongoing training for team members. Goals will be monitored by tracking data and outcome measures through AIMS and Avatar systems, including measuring recidivism. Accomplishment of goals will be achieved by providing funding for residential, additional treatment services, and housing. A strong team approach will build essential partnerships to enhance support for the participants and broaden available resources. In 2019 the Court served 33 participants annually and has capacity for 30 active participants. Applicants are admitted within 27 days of application. Over the life of the grant it is anticipated 72 participants will be served. The Court adheres to the NADCP Best Practice Standards and utilizes evidenced-based strategies to ensure success (pages 12-15 of Project Narrative). Chippewa County is working with the State of Wisconsin with their Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative. The County is committed to sustaining the program and supports a Case Manager position. Chippewa County is not leveraging any other federal funding sources to support our Recovery Court. Federal funds were received under 2016-DC-BX-0006 for enhancement but expired.