Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $352,028)
The Crawford County Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Court, which is a post adjudication program, proposed to hire a full-time employee for the DWI Court Team, with a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW), through Grant Opportunity No. O-BJA-2023-171509, Category 2. The purpose is to address Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards VIII Multidisciplinary Team and IX Census and Caseloads (See pages 1 - 2 of narrative), providing a critical support service that would create a shorter, more efficient application and acceptance process, enhancing treatment capacity. Maximum capacity is 25, but the average number of participants is only 11. The hope is to serve 70 participants in the next four years. The participants, as well as the community, wiil be the beneficiaries of this proposed project.
Project activities include teaching a Criminal Cognitive Behavior or Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) class to participants, which would reduce recidivism, assisting probation administering the RANT Risk and Needs screening, and then be able to immediately do a clinical assessment if the person screens as High Risk/High Need, the target population. This would determine their eligibility for DWI Court, as well as treatment placement, enhancing participation. The BSW would then be the case manager for these participants.
The DWI Court is requesting $352,028.00 in Federal Grant Funds to match the $117,388.00 local and in-kind funding for a total project cost of $469,416.00 over 45 months. The DWI Court jurisdiction has no other federal funding sources, nor does it have any active federal treatment court grants. The DWI Court Team assists participants through the currently 12-to-16-month DWI Court Program, that focuses on treatment rather than punishment. The average participant, over the last three years, took 11 months to graduate, the minimum being 9 months and the maximum 14 months. The BSW employee would provide service to the entire county and all the cities within Crawford County for the purpose of DWI Court.
Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) is acceptable and used when needed for participant with opioid or alcohol use disorders, who are under the care of a licensed physician.
The expected outcome of this project would be more DWI offenders joining the DWI Court Program, a higher percentage of graduates and a smaller percentage of re-offenders. DWI Courts give priority to strengthening community safety, through education and treatment, which guards against recidivism of the committed offense.