Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $550,000)
The Pulaski County Adult Drug Court (PC-ADC) is located in Arkansas and is submitting this application to enhance its ADC.
This application is for Category 3 ADC Enhancement.
The total amount of funding requested is $500,000 over 42 months.
The target population of the PC-ADC is comprised of non-violent offenders who have pled guilty to criminal charges as a result of drug/alcohol dependence. Participation is voluntary. To be eligible for the program, the defendant must: be an adult, a resident of Pulaski County, currently charged with a non-violent drug/alcohol related / motivated felony offense(s), must not have any unresolved felony offense or active warrant in any other jurisdiction, must not have committed prior sex-related offenses or have a pending sex-related charge, must not have committed prior violent felony offenses or have a pending violent related charge, and must be identified as high risk/high needs and clinically appropriate for the program.
The PC-ADC is a collaborative effort between the ADC, Arkansas Community Corrections and community-based providers that work together to provide substance abuse treatment that addresses substance abuse and addiction, opioid and stimulant use. Through the partnership the Court is able to provide MAT services as needed and consistent supervision that supports ADC participants in their efforts to maintain a drug/alcohol free lifestyle. The PC-ADC involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, group and individual counseling, and intensive community supervision. Healthy, appropriate behavior is rewarded through incentives. Participants who do not comply with the rules may be subject to sanctions, including termination from the program. The program lasts 16 months at a minimum and averages 24 months. The Program has five phases: Phase 1, 2, 3, 4 and After Care.
The proposed enhancement seeks to expand and increase services to a minimum of 19 new clients and a maximum of 28. Funding will be used to hire a full-time ADC Coordinator to enhance service options and delivery (EBP IX), retain a BSW/MSW Intern to assist with case management (EBP VI, VII), purchase 8 panel and large drug screens as well as lab testing (EBP VII), attend NADCP training, and partner with American University to redesign our program website, evaluate our program, and assist in performance measure and progress reporting (EBP X).
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We are not leveraging any other federal funding sources and this jurisdiction has not received a drug court grant from OJP.