Pinellas County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Trust Fund
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Trust Fund monies are used to support local drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. All applications received are reviewed by the Substance Abuse Advisory Board and awarded upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Available funds for fiscal year 2018 totaled $53,000.
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Countywide Grant (JAG)
The JAG Countywide program is a federal pass through appropriation that allows states and local governments to support a broad range of programs to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system through the following purpose areas:
1) Law enforcement programs
2) Prosecution and court programs
3) Prevention and education programs
4) Corrections and community corrections programs
5) Drug treatment programs
6) Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
7) Crime victim and witness programs
The FY 2017 - 2018 JAG Countywide Grant notice of award is currently pending release by the Department of Justice.
Justice Grant Programs
Family Dependency Treatment Court
A new Pinellas County Family Dependency Treatment Court program that enhances the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Unified Family Court. Program involves recurrent appearances before a drug court judge, substance abuse assessment and treatment, parenting classes and frequent random drug testing. Goals are to serve thirty to thirty-five individuals annually and reduce the incidence of substance use by participating parents, improve parenting skills, lower the incidence of drug exposed newborns and reduce reports of neglect or abuse.
Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement
Collaborative non-adversarial treatment strategy for veterans currently involved with the criminal justice system who suffer from substance abuse problems and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST) and other psychological and physical problems as a result of having served in the Armed Forces.
School Truancy Collaboration Program
Identifies struggling middle school students based on their poor attendance and establishes in-school magistrate hearings, clinical assessments to identify student behavioral health issues, comprehensive case management, treatment and services, and meaningful engagement of families to address the underlying causes of truancy.
Criminal Justice Mental Health Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant
Expansion of the Public Defender’s Jail Diversion Program that offers a structured shelter/treatment program to 100 individuals annually. The population of focus is adults who have a substance use disorder, as well as, a co-occurring mental health condition, and have been charged with a crime.
Pinellas County Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts
A voluntary court supervised comprehensive treatment for eligible non-violent felony offenders. Juvenile Drug court offers youth a diversion program for misdemeanor and felony drug charges.
Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant: Courage to Change
Assists drug court clients who struggle with rule and probation violations due to continued criminogenic thinking and behavior. Expects to serve 110 participants and increase the likelihood of successful completion of the program.
Elevate: Raising Problem Solving to Another Level Grant
Aims to reduce crime and substance abuse among high risk/high need, nonviolent youthful offenders aged 18-30. Serving drug court clients who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder, have experienced trauma, and may also be struggling with a mild co-occurring mental health disorder.
Drug Court Expansion Program
A prison diversion program that extends substance abuse treatment to a population of nonviolent felony offenders who might otherwise be sentenced to prison.