Treatment Drug Court grant deadline just around the corner

March 07, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (which are the tribal version of adult drug courts) and in Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts (tribal or non-tribal) which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders. 

The term “drug court” is a specially designed court calendar or docket with the purpose of reducing recidivism and substance abuse among substance-abusing offenders and increasing the likelihood of successful habilitation through early, continuous, and intense judicially supervised treatment, mandatory periodic drug testing, and the use of appropriate sanctions and other habilitation services. Drug courts have been created at a high rate with almost 2,500 in existence in 2012, but many lack sufficient funding for substance abuse treatment. Treatment drug courts represent the coordinated efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction, and crime. Stakeholders work together to give individual clients the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use disorders, and develop the capacity and skills to become fully-functioning parents, employees, and citizens.

SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support and shape treatment drug courts that serve substance-abusing clients in the respective problem-solving court models as long as the court meets all the elements required for drug courts. The intent is to meet the clinical needs of clients and ensure clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional court case-processing model. A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for individuals needing treatment drug court services.

Okay Network faithful, the table is set. Get on it and add a critical component to meeting the needs of youth with mental health and substance abuse issues. Our judicial system is full enough. Let’s promote alternatives, strengthen communities, save money and more important, strengthen the resiliency needed for youth with substance use challenges to become successful adults. 

This is a great opportunity that will slip away if Network faithful don’t generate strong interest. Time to talk with your local judges and community partners and get to writin’. The deadline for proposals is March 17.

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