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.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will use FY09 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program funds to expand services of its Wellness Court by increasing program capacity and incorporating a mentorship program. Through the grant, the court will increase the number of clients served to approximately 30 individuals per year. The target population are adults, 17-years of age or older, who are abusing or are chemically dependant on drugs with first or second time non-violent drug charges that do not involve operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence. Each client participates for a minimum of 12-months and are able to design their own program which includes counseling, inpatient/outpatient treatment, education, and job training. Funding will also be used to support a mentorship program that partners a successful client who has transitioned from the court with a newly accepted client. The mentorships aim to provide support, guidance, and assistance needed as clients face challenges in accepting responsibility for their actions and work to correct negative lifestyles. Training that will increase the Wellness Court team's knowledge of current practices and trends, and the completion of a client self-report evaluation will also be supported.