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Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program


The Adult Drug Court (ADC) 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 develop and implement adult drug courts (ADCs) and veterans treatment courts (VTCs). 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 substance abuse and prevent overdoses.

Grant Categories
Category 1: Implementation (up to $500,000 for a period of 48 months)
Implementation grants are available to eligible jurisdictions that have completed a substantial amount of planning and are ready to implement an evidence-based adult drug court and veterans treatment court.

Category 2: Enhancement (Up to $500,000 for a period of 36 months)
Enhancement grants are available to eligible jurisdictions with a fully operational adult drug court and veterans treatment court (to be eligible, the court must have been operating for at least 1 year). An applicant may propose to use funding to scale up the drug court program’s capacity; enhance court operations; expand or enhance court services; and/or improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments.

Category 3A: Statewide (Up to $500,000 for a period of 36 months)
Statewide subcategory 3A grants are available to state agencies to improve, enhance, or expand drug court services statewide by encouraging adherence to the evidence-based program principles included in the National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ drug court standards. Funds under subcategory 3A may also be used to develop or expand a state-based training and technical assistance (TTA) program that supports the TTA needs of drug courts statewide.

Category 3B: Statewide (Up to $1,500,000 for a period of 48 months)
Statewide subcategory 3B grants provide financial support to drug courts in local or regional jurisdictions that do not currently operate with ADC Discretionary Grant Program funding. All federal funds under Subcategory 3B must be passed through to drug courts within the state; no funds may be retained for direct costs for administrative purposes.

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)