U.S. Department of Justice: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program
The Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides grants to either establish new drug courts or enhance existing drug court programs using evidence-based principles and practices. Courts that integrate the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) adult drug court standards into existing drug court services will also be supported (see the solicitation for a description of NADCP standards).
Three drug court categories will be supported:
Category 1: Implementation: Implementation grants are available to jurisdictions that have completed a substantial amount of planning and are ready to implement an evidence-based adult drug court. Applicants may propose to use funding for court operations and services; participant supervision, management, and services; provision and coordination of recovery support services including education, civil legal assistance, job training and placement, housing placement assistance, primary and behavioral health care, childcare, and other supportive services. Applicants must demonstrate that, to the extent that substance abuse treatment and related services are funded by this award, the program will include treatment and services to address opioid abuse reduction.
Category 2: Enhancement: Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational adult drug court (to be eligible, the court must have been operating for at least 1 year as of September 30, 2018). Applicants are encouraged to include in their proposals a description of funding that will incorporate the evidence-based program principles included in the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, and to specify which standard(s) is/are addressed and include in the program design details on how the standard(s) will be implemented. Allowable uses of funds include:
- Scale up the drug court program capacity to better meet the actual number of eligible high-risk/high-need justice-involved persons in the jurisdiction
- Enhance court operations including training programs for drug court practitioners, drug court program evaluations, performance management system implementation, and automated management information system implementation
- Expand or enhance court services in areas such as case management, including drug testing, case management, and community supervision
- Improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments; for instance, funding may be used for enhancing treatment services (including cognitive behavioral therapy), enrollment in and access to health care coverage, education, vocational training, job training and placement, drug free or transitional housing assistance, and childcare or other family support services for each participant who requires such services
- Applicants must demonstrate that, to the extent that substance abuse treatment and related services are funded by this award, the program will include treatment and services to address opioid abuse reduction
Category 3: Statewide: Statewide drug court grants are available for two purposes (it is suggested that applicants apply for each and maximize funds available from both categories to assist with state-based coordination, services, evaluation, and training; however, applicants may apply to subcategory A or B separately):
- A. Applicants may request funds to improve, enhance, or expand drug court services statewide by encouraging adherence to the evidence-based program principles included in the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards and through activities such as: training and/or technical assistance programs for drug court teams geared to improve drug court functioning and to increase drug court participation and participant outcomes; tracking, compiling, coordinating, and disseminating state drug court information and resources; increasing communication, coordination, and information sharing among drug court programs; conducting a statewide drug court evaluation; or establishing a statewide automated drug court data collection and/or performance management system.
- B. Applicants may request funds to financially support drug courts in local or regional jurisdictions that do not currently operate with BJA Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program funding. (A list of active BJA drug court grantees is available at: www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=58.) States applying for funding under this subcategory must demonstrate a statewide, data-driven strategy for reaching and expanding capacity of drug court options and services for nonviolent but high-risk/high-need justice-involved individuals, which may include implementing new drug courts, or scaling up existing drug courts to better meet the actual number of high-risk/high-need individuals who are eligible and ready to participate in a drug court program. States are encouraged to propose funding for local or regional courts in a manner that is consistent with implementing one or more of the evidence-based principles included above in the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards or similar state standards.
An “adult drug court” is defined as a court program managed by a multidisciplinary team that responds to the offenses and treatment needs of participants who have a substance use disorder. Eligible drug court types are: Adult Drug Courts; Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts; Co-Occurring Courts where those participants possess both a substance use and mental health disorder diagnosis; Veterans Treatment Courts; and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Court programs that combine or propose to combine drug court types with other court programs or dockets are also eligible for funding, although the funding under this program must be used to address only those clients eligible for drug court services.
Amount: A total of $50,000,000 is available to award 96 awards as follows:
- Category 1: Implementation, and Category 2: Enhancement: Grants range up to $500,000 and have a duration of 48 months.
- Category 3: Statewide: Grant maximum per applicant for Subcategories A and B: $2,000,000 for state-based coordination of services. Of the $2,000,000, a maximum of $500,000 is available per applicant under subcategory A, and a maximum of $1,500,000 is available per applicant under subcategory B. The project duration is 48 months.
Applicants must provide a match of 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs.
- Category 1: Implementation and Category 2: Enhancement – Eligible applicants are states, state and local courts, counties, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court.
- Category 3: Statewide: Eligible applicants are limited to state agencies, such as the State Administering Agency (SAA), the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. State agencies 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.
Note: Applicants must demonstrate that eligible drug court participants promptly enter the drug court program following a determination of their eligibility. BJA will not make awards to applicants whose drug courts require an initial period of incarceration unless the period of incarceration is mandated by statute for the offense in question. In such instances, the applicant must demonstrate that the person receives treatment services, if available, while incarcerated and begins drug court treatment services immediately upon release. Applicants must also demonstrate that the drug court for which funds are being sought will not deny any eligible client access to the program because of their use of FDA-approved medications for the treatment of substance use disorders.
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