The Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Specialty Courts (formerly known as Department of Drug Court), along with its partners, Muhlenberg County Drug Court (MCDC), Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board (Pennyroyal), and Morehead State University’s Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology (MSU), is requesting SAMHSA Treatment Drug Court funds to expand capacity and enhance substance use disorder treatment services for the Drug Court. The purpose of the proposed project is to assist non-violent offenders to 1) successfully rehabilitate from the use of/addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, 2) break their cycle of criminal behavior, 3) reduce their risks for recidivism, and 4) retain in the community as stable, productive members of society.
Project objectives will be accomplished with treatment expansion and services enhancements that will fill existing gaps in evidence-based, trauma-focused, gender-responsive, and culturally-competent assessment, substance abuse treatment, case management, recovery supports (including peer specialists), and wraparound services for offenders assigned to the existing Muhlenberg County Drug Court. Muhlenberg County Drug Court incorporates the 10 Key Components and Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards. The proposed project will serve 40 participants annually and 200 over the 60-month project period.
The population of focus includes adult male and female defendants in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky who are nonviolent offenders who have committed drug or drug-related crimes; are eligible for probation or Class D Diversion, shock probation, or probation violation; can acknowledge drug addiction and assess as eligible with a substance abuse clinical assessment; and voluntarily agree to participate. High risk/high needs participants are targeted in assessing defendants for MCDC.
In 2016, a total of 972 arrests were reported for Group A offenses in Muhlenberg County, 531 were drug/narcotic violations (115 marijuana, 98 methamphetamine, 16 opium or cocaine (and their derivatives), and 300 other drugs and synthetic narcotics). There were 236 DUI arrests in the county in 2016. Outcomes projected include a program graduation rate at 50%. Of those that complete the program, 80% are estimated to reduce their use of alcohol/illicit drugs; 80% will increase social connectedness and/or participation in appropriate prosocial activities; 80% will have increased access to and retention in substance use or co-occurring treatment; and 80% will have no/reduced criminal justice involvement.