Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Hope Family Services

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): FL

Grantee Agency: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Subgrantee Agency: Manatee County

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2013/$108,777

About the Program:

In Florida, Byrne funds were used for 11 drug court programs in FY 2013. Drug courts mission is to reduce crime and substance abuse by offenders through drug treatment and judicial supervision. This goal is accomplished through promotion of educational and vocational training, providing social skills, and enhancing fundamental life skills through mentoring and roll modeling. Drug courts offer individuals a chance to reduce re-offense by breaking the cycle of dependency on substances. It also offers community cost savings through lowering the jail population, and allowing the community to be involved in treatment services. An example of a local drug court program is in Manatee County (population of 333,880 in Southwest Florida). The Manatee County Drug Court provides substance treatment for adult non-violent misdemeanor and felony offenders. The MCDC is a four-phase one-year program; the program does allow first time non-violent offenders with a Pre-Trial Investigation status to complete the program within 9 months granted participants holding this status remain current with all fees, are gainfully employed or enrolled in educational or vocational program, and never test positive for any illegal or prohibited substances. Due to the background of many of the participants of the MCDC, there is also collaboration with various community agencies to provide needed services to address specific issues.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Hope Family Services provides a 13=week domestic violence program available to all MCDC participants who have experienced domestic violence at any level in their lives. The MCDC also collaborates with Family Partnership Center in the provision of on-site parenting groups for any participants who have children, are expecting a child, or live in a home where children are present. In FY 2013 Byrne funding of $108,777 provided the following results for the Manatee County Drug Court. 162 newly enrolled participants into the program; 7,693 outpatient service sessions were provided; and 67 participants successfully completed all program requirements.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Randall Smyth


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