Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
The Middletown City Drug Court (DTC) is applying for a Category 2. The total amount of funding requested is $750,000. The DCT is a post-adjudication Adult Drug Court located in the suburban community of Middletown, New York. The DTC accepts participants with pending misdemeanor cases from courts throughout Orange County. Grant funds will allow the DTC to serve 50 participants, more than doubling thecourt’s current capacity. There are currently 23 participants. Of the participants, 70% sufferfrom opiate addiction and 65% suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders. In the face of the high-risk/ high-need population served by the DTC, participants have access to MAT services, and must spend at least one year, but no more than 2 ½ , in the program, with the average length of time being 607 days. The DTC must address the opioid epidemic that has decimated this region. The funding will be used to hire a full-time resource coordinator, who will oversee all participant services. Funding will also be used for training for the coordinator, team, and agency partners. Additionally, the DTC seeks to use grant funds to add a Recovery Peer Advocate to the treatment team. The advocate will mentor participants, and provide community-based recovery support. With an increase in alcohol abuse by DTC participants, the court has piloted the use of continuous alcohol monitoring devises. Grant funds would enable the DTC to increase the use of these devices, which provide comprehensive profiles of participants’ alcohol consumption in order to better tailor their treatment. Lastly, grant funds will be used to contract with an evaluator to ensure the goals of the DTC are met, and its resources are used in a racially equitable manner. The funding of these proposals will enable the DTC to better comply with the following NADCP Best Practice Standards: standard 1 (p. 5); standard 2 (p. 14); standard 3 (p. 8); standard 4 (p. 9); standard 5 (p. 13); standard 6 (p. 7); standard 7 (p. 3, 14); standard 8 (p. 3, 14, 19; standard 9 (p. 6, 13, 19); standard 10 (p. 13, 19). The DTC has an active 2018 BJA ADC discretionary grant (2018-MU-BX-0007) expiring in December 2022.