U.S. Department of Justice: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program
The Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program (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 drug courts and veterans treatment courts. The ADC Discretionary Grant Program seeks applications to either establish new drug courts or enhance existing drug court programs using evidence-based principles and practices. It also supports courts that integrate the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards (drug court standards) into existing drug court services.
The ADC Discretionary Grant Program offers three drug court grant categories:
Category 1: Implementation. 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 (i.e., meeting the key components as well as the evidence-based program principles embodied in the NADCP drug court standards). An applicant 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, child care, and other supportive services.
Category 2: Enhancement. Enhancement grants are available to eligible 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, 2019). An applicant may propose to use funding to scale up the drug court program’s capacity; enhance court operations; expand or enhance court services; or improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments.
Category 3: Statewide. Applicants can apply for Subcategory A and B separately; however, it is suggested that applicants maximize funds available from both categories to assist with state-based coordination, services, evaluation, and training. Statewide drug court grants are available for two purposes:
- A. Applicants may request funding to improve, enhance, or expand drug court services statewide by encouraging adherence to the evidence-based program principles included in the NADCP 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 support the TTA needs of drug courts statewide. Allowable use of funds may include scaling up the state’s capacity to support the personnel required to coordinate a state-based TTA program (e.g., statewide and/or regional drug court TTA coordinator). Funds are intended for a one-time project to enhance capacity that can be sustained.
- B. Applicants may request funding to financially support drug courts in local or regional jurisdictions that do not currently operate with ADC Discretionary Grant Program funding. 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 in the NADCP drug court standards or similar state standards. Statewide applicants must identify which drug courts and the type of court they propose to fund, at what amounts, for which periods of time; how the statewide applicants will assist the funded courts in achieving their objectives; and how the applicants will track and monitor progress using an automated management information system. Applicants must clearly describe their rationale for drug court selection and connect this back to their statewide, data-driven objectives of reducing recidivism among high risk/high need offenders.
Amount: Dependent upon category, as follows:
- Category 1: Implementation. Grant maximum: $500,000. Period of performance: 48 months.
- Category 2: Enhancement. Grant maximum: $500,000. Period of performance: 36 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. Period of performance: Subcategory A is 36 months, Subcategory B is 48 months, Subcategory A and B combined is 48 months.
Eligibility: Dependent upon category, as follows:
- For Category 1: Implementation and Category 2: Enhancement, eligible applicants are states, territories, state and local courts, counties, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court.
- For Category 3: Statewide, eligible applicants are state agencies such as the State Administering Agency (SAA), the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency. State agencies can 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.
Eligible drug court types are: Adult Drug Courts; Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts; Co-Occurring Courts where participants possess both a substance abuse and mental illness diagnosis; Veterans Treatment Courts (Types A and B); and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.
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