Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $547,847)
The Clark County Addiction Treatment and Support Program known hereafter as the Program, is a post-adjudication co-occurring treatment court that targets individuals suffering with mental health and substance abuse disorders in Clark County, Indiana. The Program was created to disrupt the cycle of addiction individuals face within Clark County’s criminal justice system. The Program adheres to the best practice standards set by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and is intended to be a minimum of 12 months in duration. However, there is a cap of completion within 24 months. On average participants complete within 13.25 months. Through frequent meetings of its multi-disciplinary treatment team, the Program focuses on the most beneficial outcome for each participant. Using a person-centered treatment and case plan, substance abuse monitoring, incentives, therapeutic responses, and consequences, the team seeks to modify behaviors and support the self-efficacy and sustainability of each participant. All participants have access to mental health and addiction treatment services including medicated assisted treatment services offered in the area.
The Program is seeking Federal funding to expand the services offered to participants, increase the number of participants served to 300, and increase the service area to Indiana’s 23 Judicial District: Clark, Scott and Floyd Counties in Southern Indiana. Currently the lack of funding for the Program has limited its ability to serve individuals in Southern Indiana’s Criminal Justice System. Since the Program’s inception in December of 2018, 308 incarcerated individuals have qualified for program participation, but the Program is forced to limit participation to 34 participants. This leaves 89% of individuals who qualified for participation incarcerated and left to traditional criminal justice processes.
The Program has not received Federal funds in the past. The $498,047.00 requested in federal funds will allow the Program to provide case management services, peer recovery services, substance abuse monitoring, legal counsel requirements, sober housing, and substance abuse treatment services to participants, and training for staff.