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American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)
 
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American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)
 
The purpose of the Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court Grant Program is to provide funding to new or existing adult drug court programs in order to make available mandated post-adjudication intensive drug court services to high risk drug dependent offenders who are convicted of or are currently on felony supervision for a crime listed in Measure 57 (ORS 137.717). The funding priorities for the Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court Grant Program are based on research that has shown that drug courts are an effective method of engaging drug addicted offenders of medium to high risk of recidivism in treatment, while holding them accountable and protecting public safety through supervision.  Research indicates that drug court participants tend to have longer treatment stays, higher completion rates, and lower recidivism and drug use than those who access
treatment as part of traditional probation. 
 
Research has also shown that property offenders have higher recidivism rates than the general population. The goal of this Program is to reduce recidivism among the drug dependent members of this population at a higher rate than “business as usual”.  Grant funds are to be primarily used to fund treatment capacity (i.e., addiction treatment, mental health, employment services, etc.), probation officers, sanctions and rewards, and court coordinators.  Proposals including funding requests for other components of the drug court (e.g., deputy district attorneys or defense attorneys) will also be considered if clearly identified as a need.  Please note that applicants are encouraged to collaboratively develop a team-specific approach to the guidelines set forth in this RFP that meets and incorporates the unique needs their counties.  
 
Approximately $11 million for the Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court Grant Program will be distributed during from October 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013. The first year grant period began October 2009.
 
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