The Birmingham Municipal Adult Drug Court Expansion Project will expand treatment services for non-violent, criminal offenders with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who are enrolled in the municipal drug court in Birmingham, Alabama. The current capacity of the court is 100 individuals annually. The project will expand services by an additional 50 people annually, allowing the courts to see 150 people annually and 750 over the five-year grant period. The population of focus will be low-income and/or uninsured adults with a substance use-disorder, or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder, charged with non-felony offenses This expansion project is particularly looking to fill the service gaps for women, including transgender women, and for individuals with opioid use disorders
Aletheia House, a community-based nonprofit organization with more than forty years experience, will provide the treatment services.
The project will use evidence-based strategies/interventions including: 1) Living in Balance; 2) cognitive behavioral therapy; 3) medication-assisted treatment; 4) gender responsive trauma informed services; and 5) case management services.
100% of eligible participants diagnosed with an opioid disorder will be offered Medicated Assistant Treatment.
The project’s goals include: 1) increasing the capacity of BMDC to break the cycle of alcohol and/or drug use and criminal behavior in Birmingham, Alabama by expanding access to evidence-based practices by 50% annually; 2) improving program outcomes for female BMDC participants by offering gender specific trauma informed evidenced-based treatment services; and 3) improving program outcomes for BMDC participants with opioid use disorders by expanding access to medication assisted treatment.