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Implementation of the Crawford County Treatment Court

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $449,766)

Crawford County, Indiana is applying for Category 1: Planning and Implementation funding under BJA’s Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program to implement an Adult Treatment Court (CCATC) for the extremely rural county of Crawford (pop.10,526) located in the south central region of Indiana.  The address of the court is 715 Judicial Plaza, English, IN 47118. The treatment court judge at this time is Honorable Sabrina Bell. The treatment court Administrator is Kelly Mullen. The treatment court Coordinator is Jessica Houchin.

Primary activities will include assessment, case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, frequent and random drug screening and judicial monitoring of participants. The CCATC will use a pre-adjudication model that allows for reduced sentences, reduced charges, and/or charge dismissal upon program completion. Successful completion is anticipated at a rate of 50 to 60%. We anticipate that 70% of graduates will remain arrest-free for up to 3 years post completion.

The total federal amount requested is $449,765.5.  The program expects to serve a minimum of 40 participants during the 48-month grant period. These funds will be used to pay the current CCATC court administrator, travel costs to send 3 team members to the RISE conference each year, travel costs associated with frequent home visits, incentives to encourage participants to continue to do improve over the course of the program, utility and housing assistance, and to allow for the cell phone plans to continue for the administrator and coordinator as added support for participants. 

The program is 14 to 24 months long with an average length expected to be 18 months. The program will target adults with high criminogenic risk/needs who are diagnosed with moderate-to-severe substance use disorder and charged with non-violent felonies in Crawford County. CCATC will also allow transfers from surrounding counties that would include Perry and Orange Counties. Participants must reside in Indiana. Participants will progress through a 5 phase system with Participants eligible for U.S. FDA-approved medication for the treatment of substance use disorder (MAT) can access MAT services through Groups. The CCATC will assist participants in accessing MAT as needed. To reduce opioid, stimulant, and other substance abuse participants will be provided with individualized, comprehensive, evidence-based care. Services may include residential detoxification, intensive outpatient, individual therapy, and peer support.  All programming will be evidence-based with rigorous fidelity to the models.  The program has been designed to address all NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards.

Date Created: September 29, 2022