Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $196,086)
The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is designed to assist states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments in developing and establishing drug courts for substance-abusing adult and juvenile offenders. Drug court programs funded by the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program are required by law to target nonviolent offenders. The program supports the following activities: adult drug court implementation, single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts.
Methamphetamine use is the County of Humboldt's most prevalent drug problem. The popularity of this drug is reflected in the district's drug court population, where 90 percent of the participants exhibit a history of methamphetamine use. Thus, the County of Humboldt will use Drug Court Discretionary Grant enhancement funds to combat methamphetamine and other drug use. Specifically, the court will hire two additional counselors; address the participants' co-occurring mental health issues by utilizing clinical psychologists; establish an automated drug court data collection system; establish an on-site drug testing system; and provide additional training for the drug court team at the National Association of Drug Court Professional's Conference.