Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,449,121)
Pending approval of the soon to be designated Crisis Intervention Advisory Board, the Alaska Department of Public Safety is requesting funds to support the creation of a new Grant Administrator 1-2 Flex position to support all administrative oversight for this award. $532,566 will be passed through to local governments for projects approved by the advisory board. There is a proposed project for a subaward to the Alaska Court System and any remaining funds will be available for projects of the advisory board’s choosing. The goal of the proposed Alaska Court System subaward project is to help reduce the re-occurrence of violent crimes by people with substance use and/or mental health disorders, and to help prevent further victimization because of violent crimes. By expanding existing Sequential Intercept Model multi-agency collaborations in Anchorage and Palmer, the number of appropriate and speedy referrals to therapeutic courts will be increased beyond current capacity. Using evidence-based practices, therapeutic courts provide treatment, intensive community supervision, and wrap-around support to offenders with mental health and/or substance use disorders. National research has shown that therapeutic (treatment) courts can reduce recidivism and return law-abiding, productive citizens to the community. Beneficiaries include their families, their community and the criminal justice system.