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Santa Cruz County Adult Drug Court Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $545,050)

Santa Cruz County Adult Drug Court Program

Proposal Abstract


Located on the Arizona–Mexico border, Santa Cruz County covers 1,236 square miles, has a population of 47,303 and is rural with the exception of the small border city Nogales Arizona. The Santa Cruz County Justice Court has offered successful treatment services to low and medium risk offenders with significant success since 2019. Funding for the Santa Cruz County Adult Drug Court Program will allow the Court to expand services to both high risk and high drug dependence offenders.  Two critical elements of the program support are: 1) The treatment program is delivered using a researched based trauma informed restorative justice approach; and 2) The intensive Outpatient Program includes stabilization, intensive engagement and continuing care.


The following provides additional description of the proposed program.

Category of funding requested:                                                         Category 3                 
Whether the court is pre- or post-adjudication                                 Post-Adjudication
Type of drug court(s) funds requested:                                             ADC
Total federal amount requested.                                                        $500,000

Total number of participants to receive services                              120

Length of program participation.                                                      

Minimum: 12 months;  Maximum: 15 months; Average: 13 months

Target population and the jurisdiction’s access to MAT services.

Individuals considered to-be high-risk / high-need offenders. MAT services are available through the partners to include Mariposa Community Health.

Plan to provide treatment and services to address opioid, stimulant, and other substance abuse reduction.

The Santa Cruz County Drug Court Program is a post-plea, pre-sentence program. The defendant pleads guilty or stipulates to the negotiated plea agreement, sentencing is deferred, and the defendant is placed on pre-sentencing supervision with Pretrial Services.  As a condition, the defendant must participate fully with the prescribed treatment and successfully graduate from the DCTP. Sentencing will commence upon graduation or termination from DCTP.  The program will utilize a restorative justice circle model approach to treat individuals who demonstrate criminality related to substance abuse.

Indicate which NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards will be addressed

All ten Standards are addressed on pages 5-8.  Additional descriptions of implementing the standards are discussed in the applicable sections.

Is the jurisdiction is leveraging any other federal funding sources

Santa Cruz County will not be leveraging other Federal Funding

Has the applicant jurisdiction ever received a drug court grant from OJP (include grant number).

No, Santa Cruz County has not received a previous drug court grant.

Date Created: December 17, 2021