July 10, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Department of Justice Awarding Drug Court Discretionary Grant Funding of $198,928 to Amherst Justice Court

Funding Will Be Used to Expand Case Management Services for Existing Drug Treatment Program for Nonviolent Offenders.

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Justice, through its Office of Justice Programs, has awarded $198,928 in grant funding to the Amherst Justice Court. This grant program assists state and local courts in developing and implementing drug courts for substance-abusing, nonviolent offenders.

This funding will be used by Amherst Justice Court to expand its existing drug treatment court by adding intensive case management services that will include a combination of mental health and substance abuse services that will be individually customized with mental health counseling, psychiatric consultation, and outreach services.  Aftercare services that include short-term residential rehabilitation and long-term residential treatment programs will also be available.

It is expected that up to 60 nonviolent adult misdemeanants will enroll in the program during each of the two year project period and a series of process evaluations and recommendations will take place to assess the program's effectiveness and enhance its key components.