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.
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National Recovery Month (September) National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Recovery Month, now in its 30th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
Join BJA in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. For more information on how to participate, visit the National Recovery Month website.
On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center is a podcast series that explores problem-solving courts working to address substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders within the criminal justice system. These voluntary programs serve as a form of deferred adjudication that focuses on rehabilitation and treatment, rather than incarceration. Brought to you by the Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, and in part by BJA, the ideas and thoughts expressed in the podcasts do not directly reflect those of the JPO, BJA, or DOJ:
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annals of Research and Knowledge (ARK) brings together decades of research into justice programs and outcomes in a dynamic online tool. With the ARK, you can indicate an individual’s risk and need profile and his or her stage in the justice system and view detailed information on evidence-based and promising programs matched to that individual. Access the ARK Interactive Tool.
National Drug Court Resource Center NewsletterOperated by JPO at American University, the National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center strives to provide practitioners and professionals working in the drug court field with the latest information relevant to the drug court field. Subscribe to the National Drug Court Resource Center Newsletter to learn about upcoming drug court events, drug court resources, innovative practices, and various training and technical assistance opportunities.
Eligibility: 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 (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) 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.
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The goal of BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) is to assist operational adult drug court and veterans treatment court programs in the development and implementation of improved program practices to improve program effectiveness and long-term participant success. The TTA assists operational courts with their individual goals of building and maximizing capacity; ensuring potential drug court participants are identified and assessed for risk and need; ensuring drug court participants receive targeted research-based services; enhancing the provision of recovery support services; ensuring the provision of community reintegration services to achieve long-term recovery; and assisting in collecting and reporting on performance measures to identify and explain trends.
In order to accomplish this goal, ADC Discretionary Grant Program recipients, as well as the drug court field at large, have a wide range of TTA services available, many of which are FREE. These services include:
Planning Trainings BJA provides comprehensive implementation training to Adult Drug Courts, Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, and Veterans Treatment Courts. The training is designed to:
Site-specific TTA BJA provides TTA that is flexible and tailored to fit the needs of each individual program and designed to help you develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices. The TA includes: Customized service: Build a comprehensive program of on-site workshops, webinars, and remote assistance. Strategic partnerships: Initiate collaborations between stakeholders and partners to provide additional resources and support to your program and those it serves. Coaching and follow-up: Improvement and change take time. To keep the momentum going, and to help your team push through obstacles, drug court experts will provide ongoing, remote coaching and consultation.
Operational Tune-Ups Trainings are reserved for adult drug courts or veterans treatment courts with at least 2 years’ operating experience. The training is FREE, but there must be three treatment court programs that participate. Through this training you will:
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Tribal Healing to Wellness Specific TTA BJA provides a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training and Technical Assistance project that includes onsite and offsite technical assistance, regional and national trainings, a publication series, and a webinar series. Services include:
Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The Enhancement Training features Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies.
State Specific TA BJA provides training geared toward state court administrators seeking assistance in planning, operations, evaluation, data collection and institutionalization of drug courts statewide. This multipronged approach will help states to coordinate the efforts and resources of government agencies involved with drug court operations and to identify a drug court system that best suits an individual jurisdiction.
National Training System for Treatment Court PractitionersLaunched by the Center for Court Innovation with BJA support, the National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners offers access to training on a wide array of subjects, including the psychopharmacology of addiction, sanctions and incentives, trauma-informed care, and methamphetamine addiction. Courses include video lessons by experts in the field, virtual site visits of drug treatment courts around the country, interviews with practitioners, and a resource library of documents and reference tools.
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President Donald J. Trump Signs an Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)BJA participates in DOJ's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) and suggests tribal jurisdictions consider applying for drug treatment funding under purpose area 3 of CTAS. For more information, please see the CTAS solicitation.Tribes are still eligible to apply for funding under the BJA Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program solicitation and the Joint Adult Drug Court solicitation to enhance coordination and treatment however the CTAS solicitation will better allow tribal drug court applications to be peer reviewed and rated against other tribal applicants in accordance with the tribal key components.
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