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Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

Overview

The Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to enhance the operations of drug courts or to implement new veterans treatment courts.  These courts effectively integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in judicially supervised court settings that have jurisdiction over offenders to reduce recidivism and opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse.

Eligibility (Who may apply):

For Category 1: Implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts and Category 2: Enhancement of Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts:

  • states and territories,
  • state and local courts,
  • counties,
  • units of local government, and
  • federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior)

For Category 3: Statewide Strategies to Support Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts:

  • state agencies such as the State Administering Agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency. State agencies may also include state criminal justice agencies and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance abuse and/or mental illness services, or related services, to criminal substance abusers.

CATEGORY 1: Implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts

Up to $500,000 for a period of 36 months
Implementation grants are available to eligible jurisdictions that have completed a substantial amount of planning and are ready to implement an evidence-based veterans treatment court that supports core capacity and provides critical treatment, case management and coordination, judicial supervision, sanctions and incentive services and other key resources, such as transitional housing, relapse prevention and employment, that can reduce recidivism.

CATEGORY 2: Enhancement of Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts

Up to $500,000 for a period of 36 months
Enhancement grants are available to eligible jurisdictions with a fully-operational adult drug court or veterans treatment court (i.e., those operating for at least one year. Funding may assist a jurisdiction to scale up the drug court program’s capacity; provide access to or enhance treatment capacity or other critical support services; enhance court operations; expand or enhance court services; or improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments.

CATEGORY 3: Statewide Strategies to Support Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts

Up to $750,000 for a period of 36 months
State applicants may apply for funding to improve, enhance, or expand adult drug court and veterans treatment court services statewide. Activities include expanding treatment and services; audits of practice and technical assistance for adherence to standards; data collection and analysis to assess practice and track recidivism; and training and technical assistance (TTA). Priority is placed on proposals that develop or expand a state-based TTA program that enhance the capacity of states to support local ADC and VTC TTA needs, including training to address staff turnover and offer operational skills updates; and to expand treatment resources in locations with critical substance abuse needs. These are intended to be one-time projects to enhance capacity that can be sustained. In addition, states are also encouraged to submit applications that seek funds for smaller, short-term projects to support statewide training conferences, scholarships to attend key training events including national drug court conferences, and other operational training to support local capacity.

Performance Measures

All BJA grantees are required to provide the relevant data by submitting quarterly performance metrics through BJA’s online Performance Measurement Tool (PMT). Applicants should review the complete list of ADC Discretionary Grant Program performance measures for each category:

See the Grant Performance Measurement and Progress Reporting Information section of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) site for additional information on performance measurement at OJP.

 

All Active BJA-funded Drug Courts (2019)

 

Date Created: February 17, 2012