Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
Franklin County Good Wolf Treatment Court (GWTC) is requesting funding for the continuation and enhancement of the program under Category 2: Enhancement of the FY22 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant. GWTC is a post-adjudication Adult Drug Court in Franklin County, located at the Franklin County Courthouse, 14 N. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA. The County is requesting $750,000 to serve up to 33 participants at any given time over the 48 month period. Over the course of the grant period, it is anticipated the GWTC will serve 85 individuals in its 48 month program.
GWTC will utilize the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) to determine risk/needs. The validated risk and needs assessment identifies each person’s risk of re-offending. Information garnered helps to ensure each person gets the right interventions and programming. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is utilized to determine the appropriate level of care and is required for participants to enter into the determined level of care for substance use disorder treatment. Both assessment tools are administered prior to program admission and completed by the specially trained staff assigned to assist in this process.
GWTC targets high risk/high needs individuals with substance use disorder. The goal is to provide comprehensive treatment, including MAT, using structure to ensure compliance. Significant partnerships outside the court system and adult probation include the use of local providers to address criminogenic risks along with substance use treatment and local providers to address trauma and mental health needs. Outcomes include retention of participants in the program to successful graduation, increase in participants’ social accountability including sobriety, and a reduction in post-graduation recidivism. GWTC addresses all 10 of the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards.
Data will be collected by a professional evaluator, working in conjunction with the Coordinator and Treatment team. The Coordinator enters data into the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Information System as well. Shared databases for tracking grant outcomes such as relapse and recidivism will be created by the evaluator. The Coordinator will follow up with all GWTC participants for one year post-graduation and will cross check graduates names with Probation to see if they have recidivated.
In addition, this funding will allow for the enhancement of services to County Veterans and to individuals who have been unsuccessful in the pre-sentencing Get Back Up program and now face incarceration or GWTC rather than incarceration.