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FCMC Specialized Dockets Enhancement and Sustainability Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)

Proposal Abstract



Franklin County Municipal Court

375 S. High St. 10th Floor

Columbus Ohio 43215


Contact Information:

Recovery Court (Substance Use)

Judge Jessica D’Varga email: [email protected]

h.a.r.t. (Opiate specific docket) and CATCH (Human Trafficking docket)

Judge Jodi Thomas:  [email protected]

MAVS (Veterans docket) Judge Jarod Skinner: [email protected]

Specialized Dockets Manager: Krystal Martin: [email protected]


Category 2 Enhancement proposal for $750,000; $250,000 in matching funds supporting enhancements to its post-adjudication adult drug courts and military and veterans (MAVS) specialized docket programs.


Transform Peer Support construct from contractors to a peer support provider.
Funding for one of two h.a.r.t. docket probation officers (years 2 through 4).
Contracted MAVS Mentorship Program Coordinator (years 2 through 4)
MAT Case Management component within the Court’s case management system
Trauma informed mindfulness programming
Bus passes/cab vouchers

If funded, $74,494 would support the MAVS mentorship coordinator; $675,506 would enhance the h.a.r.t., Recovery Court and CATCH drug court programs. Match will be posted through the Court’s funding of Specialized Dockets urinalysis services.

It is estimated that 1,000 individuals will be served over the 48-month performance period.

The Court’s Specialized Dockets are framed as two-year programs, with an average completion period of 18 to 24 months. Some participants complete sooner, with a minimum term of six months.

Target Population: This project will serve the Court’s three certified drug court programs: h.a.r.t. (Opiate specific docket) Recovery Court (Substance use other than opiates) CATCH (human trafficking drug court) and MAVS (military and veteran services)


Participants are eligible for MAT if appropriate to support them in their recovery. The Court has an innovative MAT program that facilitates evaluation and treatment prior to and immediately upon release from jail. The proposal describes the Court’s MARCH program, which facilitates walk-in behavioral health services open to the community, and MAT services on site. MARCH leverages COSSAP funding, specifically designed to address the needs of opiate dependent individuals.


The Court currently receives BJA funding under grant #2020-MU-BX-0084. The budget for this project ensures to not overlap funding streams for supported projects. The sustainability plan includes provisions for transitioning these functions to the general budget or more sustainable resources.

NADCP Standard


Target Population


Equity & Inclusion


Roles and Responsibilities of Judge


Incentives, Sanctions, & Therapeutic Adjustments


Substance Use Disorder Treatment


Complimentary Treatment and Social Services


Drug & Alcohol Testing


Multidisciplinary Team


Census & Caseloads


Monitoring & Evaluation


Date Created: September 28, 2022