Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $127,643)
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 Benton County Drug Treatment Court (DTC) will use the FY 2009 Drug Court Enhancement grant to continue to provide non-violent offenders with drug and substance abuse services. DTC is a coordinated effort among the circuit court of Benton County, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, the District Attorney's Office, the public defender's consortium, and the Benton County Health Department. The program is designed to assist pre and post adjudication cases. The project will incorporate the 10 key components of the federal drug court model and utilize evidence-based practices. Client participation is monitored and discussed weekly as participants enroll voluntarily, and upon successful completion of the program, become eligible to have their probation or criminal conviction dismissed. Enrollees participate in treatment groups and a judge convenes weekly court sessions. The goal of the project is to reduce substance abuse related crime and addiction, and to rehabilitate and provide additional substance abuse training and programs to promote long term recovery.