Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $162,153)
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 St. Louis Ex-Offender One-Stop Career Center will use drug court enhancement grant funds to support a court supervised drug treatment program for non-violent offenders. Participants are chosen by the circuit attorney and approved by the drug court team under the direction of the drug court commissioner. Participants make regular court appearances, participate in drug testing, participate in individual and group counseling, attend self-help meetings, and pay a court fee. Participants are also offered educational assistance, skill assessments, referrals for vocational training, and job placements. Each participant is assigned to a Diversion Manager and is expected to participate in the program for a minimum of eleven months. The 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Court has a program capability of 400 participants and has a daily average of 350 clients enrolled with a retention rate of approximately 44 percent.