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Enhancement of Treatment Services

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $194,000)

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.

Weber Human Services will use the Drug Court Enhancement grant for training staff, increasing treatment services, and hiring an additional counselor so that they can increase the capacity of the Weber Adult Felony Drug Court (WAFDC). According to Adult Probation and Parole, 92 percent of felony cases they screen show a need for alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment services. The Weber County Attorney projected that WAFDC was only treating about twenty percent of the targeted eligible felons.

The Drug Court Enhancement award will be used to pay the salary and fringe benefits of the additional Drug Court Counselor who will be hired to respond to the increased caseload. Weber Human Services will also pay for urinalysis tests, provide residential treatment for clients who are referred for such treatment, and treat clients' psychiatric and medical needs by providing pharmacy medications. Many drug court clients cannot afford medication, and Weber Human Services will address clients' co-occurring disorders by providing prescriptions through their medication clinic. This grant will also pay for mileage for local travel to meetings and court and for staff to attend two Bureau of Justice Assistance trainings. Staff wishes to attend these trainings to receive further education on trends, research, and outcomes; and about other felony drug courts in the state and nation. Lastly, the award will also pay for office supplies, phone service, liability insurance, and space for the new Counselor.


Date Created: September 17, 2009