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Contra Costa County Adult Felony Drug Court: Services and Supervision Enhancement

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Contra Costa
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $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.

Contra Costa County will use drug court enhancement grant funds to strengthen the Felony Alternative Drug Sentencing (FADS) program, which is operated by the Adult Felony Drug Court. Funds will be used to add a full-time probation officer to the Recovery Gateway Unit (RGU) team as a FADS Defendant Case Supervisor and to the court management team as a vital and much needed court officer. As a member of the RGU team, the probation officer will coordinate substance abuse treatment with community-based providers and monitor participants' progress in weekly RGU team meetings with treatment providers. As court officer, the probation officer will also hold participants accountable, issue bench warrants or take other action to forestall bench warrants, such as visiting the participant at home or on the job. As the FADS probation officer, he or she will work with participants to build individualized supervision plans that link treatment and personal goals to needed resources and facilitate referrals to services including, but not limited to, health care, education and vocational programs, housing, job training, employment, child care, and self-help programs. The overall goal is to expand the capacity of FADS program participants by providing them with the supervision necessary to enhance the treatment, services, and judicial oversight they need to make a successful transition from substance abuse treatment to full rehabilitation.


Date Created: July 9, 2009