Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $200,000)
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.
The city of Staunton will use the Fiscal Year 2008 Single Jurisdiction Drug Court Enhancement grant to support the existing Staunton Drug Court (SDC) program. The program targets local, non-violent drug offenders with a demonstrable drug addiction or dependency. During the participant's initial intake assessment, the probation officer and treatment clinician make a determination regarding possible substance abuse treatment, vocational, educational, and housing issues that the client may have. The SDC connects participants to resources in the community and establishes a positive aftercare network. The focus of this enhancement grant is to increase the graduation success rate for non-violent drug offenders addicted to methamphetamine (meth). The SDC program meth addicted participants have a greater likelihood of relapse and failure than participants addicted to other drugs of choice. The SDC will design and implement a meth specific track (MST). The MST will intensify supervision and treatment for the target population. The MST is a three-pronged approach targeting meth addicted drug court participants by: expanding community supervision strategies including random and unannounced home visits and drug testing; providing probation staff with specialized training to detect meth labs and use; providing treatment services over a longer duration of time that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of meth addicted offenders; and increasing the frequency of drug court status hearings and face to face conferences with probation and treatment staff.