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BJA Opens FY 2020 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program Solicitation

Applications are due May 14, 2020

The Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the grant solicitations for the fiscal year 2020 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program.

The grant program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government and Native American tribal governments to enhance the operations of drug courts or to implement new veterans treatment courts. Treatment court models eligible for funding include: adult drug courts, co-occurring courts, DWI courts, tribal healing to wellness courts, and veterans treatment courts.

NEW THIS YEAR: The FY 2020 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is no longer available for implementation. Implementation grants are still available for veterans treatment courts.

Grants are available in the following categories: 

Category 1: Implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts – $500,000 for 36 months

Eligible jurisdictions have completed a substantial amount of planning and are ready to implement an evidence-based veterans treatment court that supports core capacity and provides critical treatment, case management and coordination, judicial supervision, sanctions and incentive services and other key resources, such as transitional housing, relapse prevention and employment.

Veterans treatment courts may propose to either serve non-violent offenders or both non-violent and violent offenders.

Category 2: Enhancement of Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts – $500,000 for 36 months

Eligible jurisdictions have a fully-operational adult drug court or veterans treatment court (i.e., those operating for at least one year as of September 30, 2020). Funding may assist a jurisdiction to scale up the program capacity; provide access to or enhance treatment capacity or other critical support services; enhance court operations; expand or enhance court services; or improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments. 

Category 3: Statewide Strategies to support Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts – $750,000 for 36 months

State applicants may apply for funding to improve, enhance, or expand drug court and veterans treatment court services statewide. Activities include expanding treatment and services; audits of practice and technical assistance for adherence to standards; data collection and analysis to assess practice and track recidivism; and training and technical assistance (TTA). 

BJA grants emphasize the integration of NADCP’s Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards into existing drug court services. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate the court for which funds are sought does not deny eligible clients access because of their use of FDA-approved medications for the treatment of a substance use disorder (medication-assisted treatment).

Learn more and apply

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, at, or at [email protected]. For questions regarding any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 800–851–3420; via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only); email [email protected]; or web chat at