Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $249,511)
Reno Municipal Court participants engaged in specialty courts will receive comprehensive wrap-around services to assist them in achieving long-term abstinence from substance use and to help them learn to manage their mental health. These services will treat needs across the entire spectrum of psychosocial conditions that are crucial for long-term success and rehabilitation in accordance with the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model. This will be accomplished by expanding the existing drug courts, where participants will engage in treatment and rehabilitation that is specific to the level of need determined through a comprehensive evaluation. Funding will allow the court to scale up the program’s capacity, provide access to or enhance treatment capacity, and improve the quality and/or intensity of services. The target populations to receive services under this grant are criminal offenders who have been diagnosed with a substance use and/or mental health disorder, and whose criminal behavior is catalyzed by one or both of those disorders. Participants served will be those engaged in the Co-Occurring Disorders and Drug/DWI hybrid tracks. Reno Municipal Court is in the City of Reno, Nevada, which is the largest city in northern Nevada and home to more than 264,000 residents. Reno is also the third largest city in the state of Nevada. These grant funds will be used to provide services to 90 specialty court participants each year of the grant period, which includes expanding services to an additional 30 participants each year. There are six primary goals of this project: (1) increase the number of participants served, (2) expand the services provided by the clinical director, (3) enhance the quality and intensity of treatment services, (4) provide transitional housing and residential treatment, (5) offer more drug testing, and (6) offer more training on best practice standards and evidence-based practices to team members.