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 Butte County Comprehensive Treatment Court will use the drug court enhancement grant to improve the graduation rate of program participants. Butte County suffers from a 25-year methamphetamine epidemic. According to the Butte County Sheriff's statistics, in 2004, over 27% of bookings to the jail were methamphetamine related an increase from 15% in 2003. The amount of meth seized increased from 5,965 grams in 2003 to 6,981 grams in 2004. Methamphetamine not only affects adults in Butte County, but also has a significant impact on children. The Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) reports that in 2005, there was a total of 233 reports of Drug Endangered Children responded to by BINTIF. More than 85% of Drug Court participants report methamphetamine as their 'drug of choice'.
The following three primary goals and objectives provide a detailed description of the methods necessary to meet this goal. Goal 1: Reduce percentage of unsuccessful terminations from the program by providing needed residential treatment services, especially for participants addicted to methamphetamine. Goal 2: Increase Comprehensive Treatment Court program participants' length of abstinence post-residential treatment by providing intensive outpatient treatment and sober living to ensure participant success. Goal 3: Provide increased accountability and abstinence within the Drug Court Program by expanding the drug-testing program to include testing for Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and providing weekend and evening probation home visits utilizing overtime for probation officers.