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Dearborn Veterans Treatment Court novel Enhancement Program Initiative

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

19th District Court FY22 O-BJA-2022-171054 Grant Application Abstract:

Veterans Treatment Court



Category of funding requested:       Category 2 – Enhancement

Priority Consideration:        1 (A)

Geography:    Suburban

Court type:  Post-Adjudication - Veterans Treatment Court Type A

Court Name:  19th Judicial District Court of Michigan – City of Dearborn Veterans Treatment Court

Address:         16077 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126 (see attach. L)

Contacts:        Hon. L. Eugene Hunt, Jr., Presiding Judge, (313) 943-4224, [email protected]

                        Murray Davis, Project Director, (313) 943-2281,

[email protected]

Certification date:     October 1, 2018         Effective Operational Start:  January 1, 2019

Total federal grant request amount:           $750,000.00

Estimated Total Participants served:         40/FY

Minimum Participants served currently:   8/FY

Additional Participants served potentially: 32/FY

Minimum length of VTC program:                        12 months

Maximum length of VTC program:            18 months

Average length of VTC program:               15 months


Proposal Abstract Summary   (word count: 400)

The 19th District VTC (DVTC), in Dearborn, Michigan is overseen by Judge Gene Hunt ([email protected]; 313-943-4224) and Murray Davis ([email protected]; 313-943-2281). The DVTC is seeking enhancement funding of $750,000 under Priority 1 (A) consideration (pgs. 15-17, Attachments X,Y). If awarded, this grant will (1) enable services to up to forty (40) justice-involved veterans by the end of FY 2025 (2) improve program equity, particularly for veterans of color, (3) expand capacity and operations with additional program FTEs; (4) enhance participant treatment services, (5) improve the quality of services to justice-involved veterans, (6) develop responsiveness to data to improve effectiveness.

 The 19th DVTC is one of four VTCs in Wayne County providing post-adjudication jail diversion and substance misuse support but is unique in serving ethnically and culturally diverse veterans. Home to the greatest number of veterans of any other county in Michigan, with about 4% to 5% of the population identifying as former service members, veterans in Wayne County are more likely to be Black or African American, experience poverty, have a disability, and have served during peacetime. The DVTC addresses the needs of veterans who become justice-involved and have substance use or mental health disorders. Each veteran receives a wide range of evidence-based substance use and mental health recovery services, including MAT. Need for services is assessed by the LS/ CMI risk assessment and comprehensive evaluation provided by a licensed recovery professional. The DVTC puts an emphasis on holistic recovery and examines life stress, attitudes, emotional stability, criminal history, recidivism and alcohol/drug use based on DSM-5 and ASAM guidelines.

Program services are provided under the “Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Court” framework and are detailed in the narrative as follows: Key Component #1: (page 2); Key Component #2: (page 2); Key Component #3: (page 3); Key Component #4:; (page 3); Key Component #5: (page 4); Key Component #6: (page 4); Key Component #7: (page 5); Key Component #8: (page 6); Key Component #9: (page 6); Key Component #10: (page 7).

The DVTC currently has a 36-month enhancement grant from the BJA that was awarded in 2019 and implemented in 2020 (2019-VC-BX-0020). However, the DVTC was soon adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its pervasive restrictions reducing participants and limiting most of the planned program expansions. With most of the pandemic restrictions lifted, the Dearborn VTC is now posed to resume and further enhance its programming plans this year.

Date Created: September 29, 2022