Adult Treatment Court Site-Based

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Adult Treatment Court (ATC) Discretionary Grant Program is to reduce the misuse of opioids, stimulants, and other substances by people involved in the criminal justice system. Recognizing the significant increase in overdose deaths and their public health impact, BJA also encourages applicants to focus on preventing overdose and overdose deaths. In the proposal narrative, the applicant is required to describe a plan to provide access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in serving individuals with substance use disorders. 

    BJA seeks to provide financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan, implement, and enhance the operations of adult treatment courts. Adult treatment courts effectively integrate evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, mandatory drug testing, incentives and sanctions, and transitional services in judicially supervised criminal court settings that have jurisdiction over persons with substance use disorder treatment needs in order to reduce recidivism, increase access to treatment and recovery support, and prevent overdose.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    The FY 2023 ATC Discretionary Grant Program solicitation offers the following three grant categories: 


    Planning and Implementation grants are available to eligible jurisdictions ready to commit to a 6-month planning phase followed by an implementation phase for an evidence-based adult treatment court. The ATC must have core capacity to provide critical treatment services, case management and coordination, judicial supervision, sanctions and incentive services, and other key services such as transitional housing, relapse prevention, employment, and peer recovery support to reduce recidivism. 

    Note: The 6-month planning phase requires grantees to participate in the BJA-sponsored, free foundational training for adult drug courts, if they did not receive it in the past 12 months. This foundational training provides court teams with the skills necessary to build a program that integrates court and treatment functions and adheres to best practice standards. See: training/ for details. 


    Enhancement grants are available to eligible jurisdictions with an operational adult treatment court. Funding may be used to assist a jurisdiction to scale up its existing court program's capacity; provide access to or enhance treatment capacity or other critical support services; enhance court operations; expand or enhance court services; build or enhance collection and use of key drug operation and outcome data; or improve the quality and/or intensity of services based on needs assessments. 

    Note: It is recommended that an eligible entity (i.e., unit of local government or county) applying to Category 1 or Category 2 on behalf of an adult treatment court attach a fiscal agent memorandum of understanding (MOU). See Additional Application Components in the Proposal Narrative discussion.


    State applicants may apply for funding to improve, enhance, or expand adult treatment court services statewide. Statewide activities may include: 

    • Scaling up an ATC program's capacity. 
    • Helping a local/rural jurisdiction to launch a new ATC as a grant subrecipient. 
    • Expanding treatment and services. 
    • Conducting an audit of the practice and the technical assistance for adherence to the key components and best practices. 
    • Data collection and analysis to assess the practice and track recidivism and participant outcomes. 
    • Delivering training and technical assistance (TTA). 
    • Supporting a treatment court alumni network and/or peer recovery programs to serve treatment court participants. 
    • Supporting the staff needed to expand services statewide.

    Note: For applicants seeking to launch a new adult treatment court and/or scale up an existing one, this program includes a subaward component, whereby the subrecipient is required to comply with all federal subaward requirements as described in 31 U.S.C. § 7502 and in Title 2 C.F.R. § 200 (including, but not limited to, the sections on "Subrecipient Monitoring and Management" contained in Subpart D and audit requirements applicable to subrecipients contained in Subpart F) and the OJP Financial Guide. 

    Note: Applicants may request funds to support a veterans treatment court (VTC) docket and veteran-related services in all three categories of this ATC solicitation; however, funding to specifically plan, implement, and enhance a VTC is available under the BJA Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant program. For more information, please visit: Veterans Treatment Court Grant Program | Overview | Bureau of Justice Assistance ( 


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  • Eligibility Details


    For Category 1: Planning and Implementation and Category 2: Enhancement, the following entities are eligible to apply: 

    • State governments; Special district governments; City or township governments; County governments; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) 
    • Other: Public or private entities acting on behalf of a single treatment court through agreement with state, city, township, county, or tribal governments

    For Category 3: Statewide, the following entities are eligible to apply:

    • State agencies such as the State Administering Agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency State criminal justice agencies and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use and/or mental health services, or related services.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted to by April 11, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern, and to JustGrants by April 18, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Anticipated total funding is $45,600,000, a maximum award of $2,500,000. Approximately 42 awards will be granted. Period of Performance start is October 1, 2023, 12:00 AM ET, duration of 48 months. This solicitation requires a 25 percent cash or in-kind match based on the total project's cost. Federal funds awarded under this solicitation may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project being funded. An applicant must identify the source of the 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how they will use match funds. 

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