Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $199,780)
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 New York State Unified Court System (UCS) will use the statewide enhancement grant funds to provide New York drug court participants with meaningful access to the state university system. UCS will build an institutional partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) to move challenged young adults out of the criminal justice system and into higher education, enhancing their academic performance. The Initiative will tap into SUNY's existing student service programs and will tailor its existing academic, financial, and career counseling services to meet the unique needs of drug court participants. CA/NCF