Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $187,800)
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.
Strafford County will use FY 2009 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program funding to expand its drug treatment court by adding a specialized transitional housing component. The new program will enhance the court's existing multi-level intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program by allowing participants to reside for up to 90-calendar days in a sober living environment. Through the grant, the salary of a full time program coordinator tasked with overall management of operations, admissions, implementation, treatment, and coordination of services will be funded. The salary of a relief worker who will provide supporting counseling services, resident aftercare, and delivery of housing rules will also be supported. Participants accepted into the transitional housing program must meet admission requirements for the drug treatment court and be on some form of community supervision. Once admitted, residents must develop specific goals to achieve while in the program and commit to obtaining employment, attend self-help meetings, and adhere to housing rules on scheduling, contraband, and curfew. Participant data that includes the length of time spent as a resident, where the resident transitions to following release, and recidivism rates will be tracked in order to measure program outcome.