Federal Funding Agencies
There are three major federal funding agencies for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice operates the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), combines most of the tribal-specific grants into one solicitation. CTAS includes at least two opportunities for Healing to Wellness Court funding.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is administered by the Justice Department's Office of Justice Program (OJP), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder victims; and support other efforts to combat crime.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 CTAS is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations
Deadline to apply was March 20, 2018
The 9 purpose areas are:
- Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
- Comprehensive Tribal Justice System Strategic Planning (BJA)
- Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
- Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
- Violence Against Indian Women-Tribal Governments Program (OVW)
- Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
- Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC)
- Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
- Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)
Typically, tribes receiving funding for their Healing to Wellness Courts did so under Purpose Area 3: Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA). Tribes have also received Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court funding under Purpose Area 8: Juvenile Justice.
While there are no set dates, RFPs typically come out in November-December, and are due in February-March.
Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), offers the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and American Indian tribal governments to develop and implement treatment drug courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders. This program include grants for the
- Implementation of Drug Courts
- Enhancement of Drug Courts
FY 2018 BJA Drug Court Discretionary Grant RFP is available here
FY 2018 RFP was released on April 23, 2018. Applications are due June 5, 2018.
Grants are available for Implementation ($500,000 for 48 months) and Enhancement ($500,000 for 48 months) (an extension in amount of award from last year).
- Priority consideration is given to application who demonstrate adherence to with the 10 key components AND identify which of the NADCP Best Practice Standards the applicant is seeking to implement and how this implementation will occur.
There is a 25% match (cash or in-kind) requirement.
FY 2018 BJA Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program
The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system.
Applications due: June 7, 2018
Category 1: First Responder Partnerships
Category 3: System-Level Diversion Projects
Category 6: Public Safety, Behavioral Health, and Public Health Information-Sharing Partnerships
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) offers some grants that can be utilized to sustain a Healing to Wellness Court, including:
Drug Treatment Courts Program
Applications due: June 21, 2018
The Drug Treatment Courts Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local governments, and federally recognized tribal governments to enhance pre-existing or implement new family and juvenile drug treatment courts to provide services for individuals with substance abuse problems, specifically those related to opioid abuse or co-occurring mental health disorders who are involved in the court.
Category 1: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court grants
Category 2: Family Drug Courts Enhancement grants
Category 3: Family Drug Courts Implementation grants
The SAMHSA offers several grants that can be used to implement or sustain a Healing to Wellness Court, including
Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts)
Applications were due: December 12, 2016
Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts
Applications were due: January 16, 2018
The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. Services must address the needs of the family as a whole and include direct service provision to children (18 and under) of individuals served by this project.
Ensuring Sustainability for (State) Drug Courts: An Overview of Funding Strategies, Dennis A. Reilly, Esq. and Atoundra Pierre Lawson, Esq., NDCI Monograph Series 8 (2008).
Webinar from Children and Family Futures: Our Grant is Over - Now What? Re-financing and Re-directing as Real Sustainability Planning, originally aired on April 10, 2014.
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