U.S. Department of Justice: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

January 16, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY)2014 grants to establish new drug courts or enhance existing drug court services, coordination, and offender management and recovery support services. The purpose of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program 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 courts that effectively integrate evidenced-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-abusing offenders.

CATEGORY 1: IMPLEMENTATION. Grant maximum: $350,000. Project period: 36 months.
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 (i.e., meeting the key components as well as the evidence-based program principles; key components are listed on p 7-8). Applicants may propose to use funding for court operations and services; offender supervision, management, and services; and provision and coordination of recovery support services including education, job training and placement, housing placement assistance, primary and mental health care, and childcare and other supportive services.

CATEGORY 2: ENHANCEMENT. Grant maximum: $200,000. Project period: 24 months.
Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational (at least 1 year) adult drug court. Applicants may propose to use funding to incorporate the evidence-based program principles above to address one or more of the following: 1) expand the number of participants served that meet the existing target population description;
2) expand the target population description and serve additional participants who meet the expanded description;
3) enhance court operations;
4) enhance court and/or supervision services; and
5) enhance recovery support services.

CATEGORY 3: STATEWIDE. Project period: 36 months.
Statewide drug court grants are available for two purposes:
3a. Applicants may request up to $200,000 to improve, enhance, or expand drug court services statewide by encouraging adherence to the evidence-based program principles above 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.
3b. Applicants may request up to $1,300,000 to financially support drug courts in local or regional jurisdictions which do not currently operate with BJA Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program funding.

Eligibility:
For Category 1: Implementation and Category 2: Enhancement, applicants are limited to states, state and local courts, counties, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court.

For Category 3: Statewide, applicants are limited to state agencies such as the state court administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance abuse, mental health or related services to criminal offenders such as the State Administering Agency (SAA), the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency.

LINK: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/14DrugCourtSol.pdf