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State Court Improvement Program

$270,501,679

Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Agency: ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Assistance Type: FORMULA GRANTS;PROJECT GRANTS (DISCRETIONARY)
Popular Name: State and Tribal Court Improvement Programs
CFDA Number
93.586

Objectives: This program provides grant opportunities to state and tribal courts to improve the quality of court processes and legal representation. Before FY 2022, the program provided three grants: a basic grant for assessment work; a grant for data collection and analysis; and a grant to increase training of court personnel, including cross training with agency staff. These were consolidated into one grant with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, but retain the prior program purposes. The program provides courts flexibility to design assessments which identify barriers to timely and effective decision-making, highlight practices which are not fully successful, examine areas they find to be in need of correction or added attention, and then implement reforms which address specific needs. State courts are required to collaborate with the state child welfare agency and tribes in this work. The program also provides $1,000,000 annually for tribal court recipients.

 
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