The Alabama Drug Court Treatment Expansion Project will expand access to substance use disorder treatment for adult drug court clients in two Alabama counties-Dallas (which includes the City of Selma) and Montgomery (which includes the City of Montgomery). At least 250 individuals charged with drug related felonies who are assessed as needing substance use disorder treatment will receive services over the five-year grant period.
The goals of the project, which will serve at least 40 men and women annually, include: 1) increasing access to evidence-based, and population appropriate, substance use disorder treatment services, including the use of FDA-approved medications, in two existing adult drug courts; 2) increasing infectious disease screening, appropriate referrals and follow-up services for individuals with a positive screening test; 3) increasing vaccination for infectious diseases when they are available; 4) improving retention in care by providing recovery support services; and 5) reducing the risks of recidivism by providing validated risk assessments and delivering case management services that reduce these risks.
This project is designed to address the disparities in access to substance use disorder treatment for court-involved individuals in these counties and help close the gap in available outpatient counseling and medication assisted treatment. Clients will have access to FDA-approved medications as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Client demographics will include: Race: 65% African-American, 34% white; 1% other; Ethnicity:2% Hispanic, 98% non-Hispanic; Federally recognized tribe: less than 1% members of federally recognized tribes, more than 99% not be members of federally recognized tribes; Language: more than 99% English speaking; less than 1% not English speaking; Sex:75% male; 25% female; Gender identity: 74% male ( including trans male); 26% female (including trans female); Sexual orientation: 86% heterosexual, 14% LGBTQ+; Age: 24% ages 18-29, 53% ages 30-49, 23% ages 50 and over; Socioeconomic status: 48% living below the federal poverty line, 52% living above the federal poverty line.