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BJA/SAMHSA Drug Court Solicitation Released

BJA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released the FY 2014 Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment solictation. Applications are due May 28, 2014.


Ten New Mentor Adult Drug Courts Announced

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ National Drug Court Institute, in collaboration with BJA, announced 10 new Mentor Adult Drug Courts. NDCI Mentor Courts are exemplars of the Drug Court model and serve as hosts for visitors interested in learning first-hand how Drug Courts operate. In addition, NDCI Mentor Courts can serve as national "evaluation platform" for studies on the model as well as for the development, identification, and testing of promising practices. Justice professionals and community leaders interested in establishing an adult Drug Court can request a visit to one of these programs. Visit the NDCI web site for more information.


Deputy AG Addresses NADCP Conference

On July 15, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole delivered remarks at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference: “While incarceration is a necessary part of the strategy for ensuring public safety, we know it is not the only answer in every case—especially for the low-level drug offender. If any of us hope to change the behavior of our criminal population—and make our communities safer—we must make the investment to treat individuals with substance use disorders and others in need of help as a part of the criminal justice system.“ Read more.


A Statewide Evaluation of New York's Adult Drug Courts

This evaluation by the Center for Court Innovation, the Urban Institute, and the New York State Unified Court System—and funded by BJA—finds modest reductions in re-arrest up to 3 years, with wide variation in impact across the 86 sites. In fact, while the most effective courts reduce re-arrest by up to 21 percent, the least effective courts increase re-arrest. Factors associated with more positive results include targeting a high-risk offender population; targeting a population with substantial legal exposure (e.g., felony as opposed to misdemeanor defendants); establishing a formal sanctions schedule; imposing sanctions for each noncompliant act; and including prosecutors and defense counsel as active members of the drug court team.


AG Holder Announces “Smart on Crime” Approach at ABA 2013 Annual Meeting

On August 12, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. "Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them," said Attorney General Holder. Read more


The Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice: Intersections and Implications (White Paper)

Veterans' Treatment Courts
Veterans' Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that use the Drug Court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug and Mental Health Courts, with the addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans' Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors, and veterans and veterans' family support organizations. See the Justice for Vets: Veterans Treatment Court Resources site to learn more.

Eligibility
States (including Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia), state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments may apply for funding.

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.


Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/28/2014, 11:59 PM
BJA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking applications for funding to enhance drug court services, coordination, and substance abuse treatment and recovery support services.
14BJASAMHSADrugCourtSol.pdf  Requirements Resource Guide

See More Funding

National Drug Court Online Learning System
The Center for Court Innovation, with BJA support, has launched the National Drug Court Online Learning System, which offers free access to cutting-edge 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.

"Operational Tune-Up" Training
The National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) is pleased to announce its "Operational Tune-Up" training series. This training utilizes evidence-based treatment practices as practitioners will learn the newest effective science-based methods for modifying drug court programs. For more information on this series, please contact Kelly Curtis at www.nadcp.org or read the brochure.

Drug Court Planning
Planning a drug court and need information to begin? See Taking Aim: How to Develop and/or Redefine Your Target Drug Court Population.

National Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program (NDCTTAP)
NDCTTAP supports DCDG by increasing the knowledge and skills of drug court practitioners to plan, implement, and sustain effective drug court programs. It also builds capacity at the state and local levels to provide comprehensive practitioner-based training and technical assistance. The following are the three components of NDCTTAP:

  • The goal of the Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI) is to provide communities with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to implement a drug court. Particular emphasis is placed on learning new roles, cross training, and developing both a team and a coordinated strategy across justice and treatment systems.
  • The goal of the Drug Court Training Initiative (DCTI) is to provide state-of-the-art training on a variety of subjects to operational adult, juvenile, family, and tribal drug courts and state agencies.
  • The goal of the Drug Court Technical Assistance Initiative (DCTAI) is to provide technical assistance on a variety of subjects to operational adult, juvenile, family, and tribal drug courts and state agencies.

See BJA's Drug Court Clearinghouse/Adult Technical Assistance Project at American University.

Tim Jeffries
Policy Advisor
202-616-7385
E-mail: timothy.jeffries@usdoj.gov

State Drug Court Coordinators
http://www.ndcrc.org/state-drug-courts

Drug Court Judicial Benchbook, (NCJ 235505), Bureau of Justice Assistance, February 2011. This benchbook presents a wealth of information for new judges considering starting a drug court, as well as for veteran judges looking to retool or tune-up their operations. Within these pages rests the collective knowledge and wisdom of thousands of judges, attorneys, treatment providers, probation officers, law enforcement officers, and research scholars.
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Drug Courts, April 2013, (NCJ 238527) Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. October 2011. This brief from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, presents an overview of drug courts across the country.
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From Drug Court to Classroom: Creating the Court-to-College Program, This practitioner manual provides an overview of the New York Drug Court Higher Education Initiative, a program designed to assist adult drug court participants in New York State obtain a college degree.
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Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Drug Courts and Other Problem-Solving Court Programs in the United States, (NCJ 235776), Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Drug Court Institute, West Huddleston; Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., July 2011. This report from presents the results of a survey on drug courts and other problem-solving court programs in the United States.
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More BJA Publications

Grant Awards


Funding:

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/18/2014, 11:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to establish or enhance drug court services, coordination, offender management, and recovery support services.
Solicitation


Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment
Application Deadline: 06/13/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA and SAMHSA are accepting applications to enhance the court services, coordination, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment and recovery support services of adult drug courts.
Solicitation  Requirements Resource Guide


Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/21/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to establish or enhance drug court services, coordination, offender management, and recovery support services.
Solicitation


Adult Drug Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiatives FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/14/2012, 11:59 PM
Selected providers will support the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program grantees as well as the adult drug court field-at-large under five categories of activities:
Solicitation


Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/25/2012, 12:00 PM
BJA and SAMHSA are accepting applications to enhance the court services, coordination, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment and recovery support services of adult drug courts.
Solicitation  Resource Guide


Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/08/2012, 11:59 PM
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to establish or enhance drug court services, coordination, offender management, and recovery support services.
Solicitation  Resource Guide


Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/09/2011, 11:59 PM
The purpose of this joint initiative is to allow applicants to submit a comprehensive strategy for enhancing drug court services and capacity, permitting applicants to compete for both criminal justice and substance abuse treatment funds with one application.
Solicitation  Resource Guide


Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/09/2011, 11:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation  Resource Guide


Enhancing Adult Drug Court Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/11/2010, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation  Resource Guide


Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/11/2010, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state and local courts to establish or enhance drug courts and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation  Resource Guide  FAQ


Adult Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Initiative FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/31/2009, 07:59 PM
This program assists communities develop effective drug court strategies for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Adult Drug Court Research to Practice Initiative FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/26/2009, 07:59 PM
This program assists communities to develop effective drug court strategies for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Adult Drug Court Planning and Training Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/26/2009, 07:59 PM
This program assists communities to develop effective drug court strategies for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 01/29/2009, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state and local courts to establish or enhance drug courts and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation  Resource Guide  FAQ


Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2008 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 01/10/2009, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state and local courts to establish or enhance drug courts and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Tribal Drug Courts Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2007 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 08/29/2007, 07:59 PM
This program assists tribal communities develop effective drug court strategies for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2007 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/06/2007, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state and local courts to establish or enhance drug courts and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation


Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2005 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/31/2005, 07:59 PM
This program helps states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and establish drug courts for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
Solicitation  Resource Guide