Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)
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 Pueblo of Acoma will use the grant funds to implement the Acoma Wellness Court (AWC). The grant recipient's project goal is to work towards community renewal and healing by incorporating into the judicial approach a holistic model for a journey to wellness, providing access to treatment, case management and wrap around care. The Pueblo of Acoma tribe's objective is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related criminal offenses that fuel a cycle of addiction and trauma within the Pueblo of Acoma, targeting during the first year 10 percent of all post adjudicated cases for AWC services. The tribe's strategy centers on promoting recovery through connection back to Acoma traditions and culture utilizing integrative approaches to supervision, treatment and service provision.