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Family Drug Court Program (FDCP)
Application Deadline: Jun 22, 2021
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Provides funding to begin operating a new family drug court, strengthen and support existing family drug courts, and expand family drug court operations at the state and county level in order to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, prevention, and recovery services to parents with substance use issues, including veterans. Programs must include services designed to reduce opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse. Aims to provide intensive judicial supervision, interventions, and other social services to reunite families and ensure the safety of children.
The family drug court program consists of four grant categories:
Category 1: Establishing New Family Drug Courts are grants available to jurisdictions ready to implement a new family drug court that will provide parents with substance use issues with treatment services, including screening, assessment, case management, recovery support services, and providing program coordination to family drug court participants.
Category 2: Enhancing Family Drug Courts are grants available to jurisdictions with a fully operational family drug court to strengthen the court operations by providing parents with substance use issues with treatment services, including screening, assessment, case management, recovery support services, and providing program coordination to family drug court participants.
Category 3: Serving Veterans Through Family Drug Courts are grants available to jurisdictions with a fully operational family drug courts to identify, assess, and refer veterans and veteran family members entering the family drug court, or when initially referred to child welfare, to family-centered treatment and recovery support services that reflect military competence.
Category 4: State and County Family Drug Court Expansion are grants available to states and counties to strengthen and expand family drug court operations and recovery practices at the larger state and county level. Seeks to increase access to and availability of SUD treatment and recovery services state- or county-wide for families affected by substance use disorders. Supports the development and implementation of practices and policies to strengthen family drug courts, child welfare, SUD treatment service systems, and community-based organizations that serve and support children and families.
Category specific goals, objectives, and deliverables can be found in the funding announcement.
Amount of Funding
- Category 1: $700,000
- Category 2: $800,000
- Category 3: $500,000
- Category 4: $1,500,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards:
- Up to 8 awards for Category 1
- Up to 7 awards for Category 2
- Up to 2 awards for Category 3
- Up to 2 awards for Category 4
Estimated total program funding: $15,200,000
Applicants must provide matching funds for a portion of the project. Generally, an award may not exceed 75% of the total project costs.
Who Can Apply
Applications for Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 funding may be submitted by:
- States and territories
- City, township, or county governments
- State and local courts
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments acting on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court
Eligible applicants for Category 4 funding is limited to the following entities:
- State Administrative Offices of the Court working in conjunction with and coordinating closely with the state's Court Improvement Program. Applicants must partner with the state child welfare agency and state substance use treatment agency.
- County superior courts or similar authorities in jurisdictions with populations at or above 2 million. Applicants must partner with the county child welfare agency and county substance use treatment agency.
Priority is given to applicants who propose projects that will promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.
To receive priority consideration, applicants must provide a sufficient narrative explanation describing how their project will advance work in one or more of the priority areas listed above.
Priority is also given to applicants who propose projects to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.
To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.
For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.
In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.
In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the grants.gov submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in grants.gov by the June 22, 2021 deadline.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 6, 2021 deadline.
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Rural communities who have received funding in FY 2020 include:
- Alabama Unified Judicial System in Montgomery, Alabama received funding to increase the participation of seven family drug courts operations in rural and non-metropolitan counties in Alabama.
- County of Hardin in Ohio was awarded funds to add 10 new treatment spots and expand services for 15 established spots in the Hardin County Family Recovery Treatment Court Program, which serves adult offenders and their families in rural Ohio.
Topics This Program Addresses
Adverse Childhood Experiences • Community Supervision • Justice System • Mental Health • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Veterans • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse