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Essex County Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment and Education Program

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $280,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Essex County Sheriff's Department (ECSD) will expand the current Comprehensive Substance Abuse Education and Treatment Program, designed to provide drug use and abuse education, and treatment to high school students at selected school districts within Essex County. ECSD will serve high schools and work with school districts to identify teens that are most susceptible to illegal substance use and abuse, and provide them treatment if necessary. The goals of the program are to: (1) provide drug use and abuse education and treatment to high school students at selected school districts within Essex County; (2) utilize AdCare Criminal Justice Services, Inc. to provide implementation of the educational and treatment portions of the program; (3) develop a post-treatment plan for program participants that will focus on their individual needs pertaining to substance abuse; (4) develop a "Train the Trainer" program that is available to high school teachers and administrators to recognize substance abuse; and (5) develop a seminar for parents regarding drug abuse, specifically prescription and over the counter medications. Progress will be measured by a number of factors including number of planning activities conducted, number of program slots available, average length of stay in program, and number/percentage of youth screened, assessed and referred.


Date Created: September 7, 2010