Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
Proposed Project: Through the Justice Center Collaboration Program (JCCP), the St. Louis Adult Treatment Court seeks to expand its provision of screening, assessment, and linkages to post-release services and resources for adults in detention at the City’s Justice Center jail (CJC). This expansion would allow the Treatment Court to better identify and serve individuals who desire treatment services and may be eligible for Treatment Court programming for mental health and/or substance use disorder.
Primary Activities: The JCCP will identify jail-confined inmates who would be eligible for clinical and wrap-around services through the Treatment Court and admission to the Treatment Court. Multiple objectives include plans to provide individuals released from the CJC with support in transitioning from confinement, clinical evaluation, appropriate treatment services, and eventually coping mechanisms to fully reenter society. This will involve: a) Accessing jailed individuals before they post bond/bail; b) Assessing the need for post-release services; c) Screening for potential Treatment Court admissions during routine jail intake; d) Coordinating post-release services for those screened and leaving the CJC; e) Referring interested individuals for Treatment Court consideration; and f) Coordinating for Treatment Court admissions.
Expected Outcomes: It is conservatively estimated that approximately 200 individuals will be served through the JCCP program during the three-year funding period: Year 1=45; Year 2=70; Year 3=85. Due to the hundreds of adults who pass through the CJC each year, it is believed that a minimum of 100 individuals is an attainable number. This estimate will be adjusted upward as the program is implemented and the participation results are seen for the first two quarters of the program. Of those targeted for services, it is anticipated that approximately 50% will participate in Treatment Court programming.
Service Area: The service area is the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis.
Beneficiaries and Subrecipients: Confined adults from the City of St. Louis Justice Center.
Priority Consideration: The 22nd Judicial Circuit/St. Louis Treatment Court is seeking priority consideration under Priority 1(A). Justification for this request is indicated on pages 1-3, and pages13-14 of the document. The City of St. Louis has 27 Qualified Opportunity Zones, which have higher poverty rates than the national average. These areas produce a disproportionate number of jailed individuals and Treatment Court participants, and are predominantly adults of a racial minority.