Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $749,681)
The Judiciary of Guam’s Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) began operations on September 10, 2015. The court is pre-adjudication. The jurisdiction size is U.S. territory and the area is rural.
The Judiciary is applying under Category 2: Enhancement. The project’s purpose is to enhance the current program thereby increasing the successful outcomes of its participants. Activities include providing additional support such as Matrix family treatment sessions; transportation support for participants without access to transportation; participant care supplies, a rental vehicle for VTC staff to increase engagement, home visits and wellness checks; facilitator training for the Helping Men Recover (HMR) curriculum to increase the island’s capacity for gender-specific, trauma-informed program addressing addiction; and contracting a veteran mentor coordinator and veteran mentors for peer support.
The Judiciary’s VTC is located at 120 West O’Brien Drive, Hagatna, Guam, 96910. Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III presides over the VTC. Staff includes Acting Court Programs Administrator MaryGrace Lapid-Rosadino. Contact information is [email protected] or 671-300-3202. Correspondence with Presiding Judge Lamorena may be contacted through this contact.
The amount of federal funds requested is $749,681.
The VTC proposes to serve a total of 80 participants over the life of the grant period. VTC participants will undergo an 18-24 month program, with a minimum of 12 months and maximum of 24 months.
The target population is veterans, males and females, 18 years or older, charged with a criminal offense and assessed to be in need of substance abuse treatment. VTC participants have access to the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services via its treatment partners.
The VTC will address substance use through a continuum of care that includes Matrix family sessions, Moral Reconation Therapy, HMR, MAT, and social support services.
The enhancement project addresses the following NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards: Standard I: Target Population (pg.10), Standard V: Substance Use Disorder Treatment (pg.11), Standard VI: Complementary Treatment and Social Services (pgs.10, 11), Standard VII: Drug and Alcohol Testing (pg.12), Standard IX: Census and Caseloads (pg.10), and Standard X: Monitoring and Evaluation (pg.12)
No other federal funding sources are utilized to support VTC.
The Judiciary’s VTC is currently funded under an FY2018 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, # 2018-VC-BX-0027, expiring 12/31/2022. The following are also active drug court grants: FY2020 OJJDP Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Award 2020-DC-BX-0032; FY2020 SAMHSA Adult Drug Court Enhancement, Award 1H79TI082971; FY2018 SAMHSA Family Drug Court, Award 1H79TI080836; and FY2018 Veterans Treatment Court, Award 2018-VC-BX-0027.