Colorado’s 18th Judicial District is requesting funding for Project Expanding Programming and Investing in Clients (EPIC) to support its Recovery Court (RC), Sobriety Court (SC), and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). Project EPIC seeks to facilitate recovery and reintegration, ensure community safety, and reduce recidivism by providing a full spectrum of substance use and mental health treatment to justice-involved clients and enhancing court operations.
To achieve these goals, Project EPIC will focus on the following objectives:
Goal 1: Expand treatment and housing resources to provide current clients with access to a broad continuum of care and enable the courts to serve additional clients.
• Objective 1.1: Support 20 additional PSC clients to access sober living each year.
• Objective 1.2: Sponsor 20 additional residential treatment beds each year.
• Objective 1.3: Bridge outpatient treatment for un- and under-insured clients.
• Objective 1.4: Support 5 additional clients each month with bus passes.
Goal 2: Provide staff with training and self-care resources to enhance court operations and ensure the provision of high quality service to clients.
• Objective 2.1: Provide one-on-one, vicarious trauma coaching to PSC team members as needed.
• Objective 2.2: Sponsor three PSC practitioners to attend NADCP Conference or SAMSHA joint grantee meeting each year.
Project EPIC will serve 269 unduplicated individuals over the course of the project. In Year 1 the programs will serve 135 unduplicated individuals, in Year 2 the program will serve an additional 45 unduplicated clients, in Year 3 an additional 39 unduplicated clients, in Year 4 an additional 25 unduplicated, and in Year 5 an additional 25 unduplicated clients.
The 18th JD RC serves high-risk/high-need clients diagnosed with substance use disorder severe who are facing a felony probation revocation and have failed past treatment interventions. Through two separate tracks, VTC targets high-risk/high-need and low-risk/high-need clients with felony or misdemeanor offenses who served in the armed services and are struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues related to military service. The SC is a new program launching in January 2019 and will serve high-risk/high-need clients with either an active felony DUI probation revocation or a pending felony DUI, as well as either a moderate or severe substance use diagnosis. Services will be delivered in the 18th JD and in the city of Denver, which is contiguous to the 18th JD. To implement this project, the 18th Judicial District requests $1,982,178 for a 5-year project beginning May 31, 2019 and ending May 30, 2024.