Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $250,000)
This award is made under the FY 2006 Tribal Courts Assistance Program and it supports the development, implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems. Allowable elements under the program may include, but are not limited to: establishing a core structure for a tribal court, improving case management, training court personnel, acquiring additional equipment and/or software, enhancing prosecution and indigent defense, supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs, accessing services, focusing on juvenile services and multi disciplinary protocols for child physical and sexual abuse, and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will use grant funds to implement a Choctaw Healing-To-Wellness Court Program. Their goal is to reduce criminal activity that occurs as a result of substance abuse. The Healing-To-Wellness Court will be a twelfth month program in four phases. Phase I- Admission by the Judge, residential treatment, and probation Officer visits. Phase II-Random Drug tests, treatment services, and counseling. Phase III-Drug tests once every two weeks with family and group counseling. Phase IV- Individual counseling initiated by the participant and probation officer will monitor their activities. The Choctaw Healing-To-Wellness Court Program will increase the apprehension and prosecution of substance abusers, increase services to perpetrators and victims and integrate prevention strategies.