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California Drug Courts Letter 06-01


STATE OF CALIFORNIA -
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER,
Governor

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DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG PROGRAMS
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DATE: September 12 , 2006 Drug Court Letter No. 06-01
TO: County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators
SUBJECT:    ADDITIONAL DRUG COURT FUNDING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-07
FOR COMPREHENSIVE DRUG COURT IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMS


The purpose of this letter is to determine counties’ interest in receiving additional funding for adult felony drug courts and dependency drug courts. Drug courts have proven successful in placing individuals in programs designed to eliminate drug abuse, dependency, reduce recidivism, save California taxpayers money, and improve the overall efficiency of the court system. Drug courts employ a rehabilitative approach to justice based on intensive drug treatment, close supervision, and a demand for participant accountability. The additional funds allocated are to enhance the success of already established drug courts and allow additional counties to start new drug court programs.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2006-07 State Budget appropriated $25.3 million for drug courts, which includes:

  • The continued $7.6 million for Drug Court Partnership programs.
  • The continued $8.9 million for Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Act (CDCI) base programs.
  • The continued $1.8 million for the nine CDCI dependency drug courts competitively selected in FY 2004-05.
  • An additional $4 million for new and existing CDCI adult felony drug courts.
  • An additional $3 million for new CDCI dependency drug courts.

It is the Legislature’s intent that these funds are used to start new drug courts, enhance services for existing drug courts, and/or increase the number of participants admitted into adult felony drug courts or dependency drug courts. These funds are exclusively for convicted felons placed on formal probation or substance abusing parents that are connected to foster care cases involving neglected and/or abused children pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300. The intent of this funding is to continue to produce ongoing and greater prison savings.


ADDITIONAL $4.0 MILLION FOR CDCI

This additional $4 million is available for all 58 counties. In order for counties to receive a portion of this funding they need to refer to the instructions on the following attachments:

  • Counties already receiving adult felon drug court funds, see Attachment A.
  • Counties requesting adult felon funds (Letter of Intent), see Attachment B.
  • Allocation of CDCI Augmentation ($4.0 Million), see Attachment C.

Counties that currently receive CDCI adult felony drug court funding should not apply for any additional funding unless they are prepared to spend all of their current allocation within a 6-month period and produce ongoing and greater prison savings. Counties that are not currently receiving CDCI adult felony drug court funds and are going to apply for a portion of this funding, should not apply unless they are prepared to spend the amount allocated within a 6-month period and produce ongoing prison savings. The Legislature is considering appropriating additional funds in FY 2007-08 if counties are able to spend down the current $25.3 million already allocated.


ADDITIONAL $3 MILLION DEPENDENCY DRUG COURTS (DDC)

This additional $3 million is available as a competitive grant for the 49 counties that were not awarded a portion of the $1.8 million for DDC in FY 2004-05.

In order for counties to receive these funds they need to refer to the instructions on the following applicable attachments:

  • CDCI Program Information on DDC, see Attachment D.
  • Counties requesting new dependency drug courts funds (Letter of Intent), see Attachment E.

(The nine counties that were awarded a portion of the $1.8 million dependency drug court funding, are not eligible for these additional funds).

If you have questions, please contact your Drug Court County Liaison, see Attachment F.

Sincerely,

/s/  Millicent Gomes

Deputy Director
Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration


Attachments:

Attachment A (PDF)

Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Act Program Information
Attachment B (PDF)

Letter of Intent Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Adult Drug Court Programs
Attachment C (PDF)

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs FY 2006-07 Budget Act Allocation-Augmentation
Attachment D (PDF)

$3M Dependency Drug Court Funding
Attachment E (PDF)

Letter of Intent Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Dependency Drug Court Programs Fiscal Year 2006-07
Attachment F (PDF)

Drug Court County Liaison Assignments for DCP & CDCI
Attachment G (PDF)

Defining Drug Courts: Ten Key Components