Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $103,087)
The purpose of the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3797u et seq.) is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug treatment courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders. The FY 2010 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program will provide grant funds to jurisdictions to implement or enhance a local drug court or to improve, enhance, expand, or financial support drug court services statewide.
The Second Judicial District will use the grant to enhance the existing adult drug court in linking non-violent felony offenders with public mental health, substance abuse, and support services and assist with successful rehabilitation from the use of drugs and alcohol. The intent of the enhancement will be to: divert persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders charged with felony offenses from the criminal justice system to the drug court court; increase collaboration and resource sharing between criminal justice agencies and the drug court; increase the size of the of court by accepting eligible non-violent felony offenders; improve public safety and address community livability concerns; and perform evaluation and assessment of the program and its initiatives.