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Substance Abuse Drug Courts

The SAMHSA Drug Court Treatment Program supports substance abuse treatment and recovery support services for non-violent offenders to combine the sanctioning power of courts with effective treatment services to break the cycle of child abuse/neglect or criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program has set ambitious targets and works to collect data on program goals and objectives. SAMHSA monitors grantees to ensure progress is being made in meeting goals and improving program performance. SAMHSA collects data on demographics, drug use characteristics, employment status, housing status, criminal justice involvement, social support and services received on each client served.
  • The program achieves its annual targets and is making progress toward its long-term targets. The Program has exceeded its long-term targets for the past two years and has met or surpassed the targets for the annual measures. The program is working on developing targets for the new long-term joint measure with the Department of Justice.
  • SAMHSA has not demonstrated that it collaborates and coordinates sufficiently with DOJ's Drug Court Program. SAMHSA and DOJ have not effectively coordinated grant solicitations to ensure that drug courts are not just fully functional from a criminal justice perspective, but also provide a full range of treatment and recovery support services.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Improving linkage between DOJ and SAMHSA such as funding joint grant programs where appropriate.
  • Collecting data on DOJ/SAMHSA common measure.
  • Finalizing Contract award for cross-site evaluation of the Drug Court Program.

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