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Dakota County Adult Drug Court (DCADC)

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $350,000)

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 Dakota County Adult Drug Court (DCADC) will use the Drug Court Implementation Program funds to address the needs of serious and repeat drug offenders. Through the collaboration of judges, prosecution, defense counsel, corrections, and chemical health staff, the drug court team will utilize the key components in order to effect change in drug offenders who are facing prison terms or lengthy local incarceration, and are sincere about making changes in their life. Dakota County handles offenders shortly after their arrest. Each offender must be found chemically dependent in order to participate in the program. Once accepted to the program, the offender must complete all treatment and aftercare programming, as well as a 22 session cognitive group; attend frequent court appearances and frequent meetings with the probation officer; and be drug tested throughout their involvement in the program. The main goal of this program is to reduce substance abuse among the drug court offenders as well as their recidivism rate.


Date Created: July 9, 2009