Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $550,000)
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO), a local jurisdiction that is primarily urban/suburban is requesting $500,000 of Category 3 (Adult Drug Courts) funds to provide an enhancement to the post-adjudication Adult Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in Cook County Circuit Court District 2 (Skokie, Illinois). The DTC will operate at the District 2 Courthouse and Judge Gillespie will be the presiding judge. There is no anticipated maximum participant capacity for the DTC, and we anticipate 50 unduplicated participants will enroll each year for four years (200 total); we anticipate providing grant-funded additional housing assistance to 20 unduplicated participants. The DTC is a 24-month program that involves a phase structure with increasing independence and decreasing court supervision. The admission protocol involves reviewing files for all individuals not currently charged with a violent offense and utilizing a validated risk assessment to determine eligibility. The population targeted is non-violent, felony offenders that have substance abuse issues and need extensive services, such as MAT, to reduce risk and promote sobriety. Participants will be high-risk/high-need as evidenced by an extensive criminal background, including sentences to the IDOC, the ORAS assessment completed by Adult Probation, and clinical assessment completed by the AMITA Health clinical staff. Staff will use validated risk/needs assessments to determine level of treatment intervention. The Skokie DTC offers a continuum of evidence-based treatment services, including: inpatient and outpatient treatment, connection to self-help meetings, connection to recovery homes, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in combination with cognitive behavioral counseling and other psychosocial therapies as recommended by the case manager to address opioid, stimulant, and other substance abuse reduction. The program will meet key components of DTCs as well as adhere to the drug court standards (DCS) identified by NADCP, while discussed throughout the entire narrative, specific references are made on pages: 2, 3, 5, 7, and 16 (DCS #1); 6, 9, and 10 (DCS #2); 5 and 15 (DCS #3); 5 and 16 (DCS #4); 4, 5, and 17 (DCS #5); 4, 5, 7, 15-17, and 20 (DCS #6); 4, 5, and 17 (DCS #7); 2, 4, 5, 15 (DCS #8); 3, 4, 8, and 17 (DCS #9), and 9, 14, 16, and 19 (DCS #10) of the Project Narrative. The Circuit Court of Cook County is leveraging SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment funding to support a portion of the Skokie DTC. The SAO received funding (#2013-DC-BX-0006), (#2015-VV-BX-0029), and (2017-DC-BX-0001) from OJP.