Fulton County is currently initiating a Drug Court program to provide an alternative treatment for drug offenders. The success of these courts has been demonstrated time and again. Drug offenders statistically re-offend and return to prison many times after their release. Breaking the cycle of recidivism is the main goal of the courts.
Twenty-four (24) individuals on-average are eligible for Drug Court each year in Fulton County. The program will aim to enroll 8 individuals in the initial grant period. These participants will receive individual treatment and also be offered group sessions on a daily basis. Intense supervision and numerous random drug-tests will help to insure that individuals are given every opportunity to succeed in breaking their addiction. Recreational activities have been planned for the participants as an incentive for Drug Court success.
With a focus on the individual and their families, the team will also enroll the help of the faith-based community and area non-profits to add several evidence-based prevention programs, including Thinking for Change and Strengthening Families. These programs are being introduced in Knox County and will be available to Warren and Henderson county participants. The intent is to begin the process of building a framework for all of the 9th Judicial Circuit.
The total cost of the program is $106,490. This figure includes treatment expenses and testing supplies, as well as travel for the treatment team and probation officer, incentives for participants and the employment of a part-time administrator to oversee the program implementation.
Award: up to $121,350 (18 months – July 1, 2011-December 31, 2012)