Establishment of a drug diversion court

The Foundation's program, Local Funding Partnerships, was designed to continue a matching grants program to establish partnerships between RWJF and local grant makers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for vulnerable populations.Under this project, a drug diversion court program will be established to target individuals within the criminal justice system when they are in crisis and most receptive to changing their addictive behavior and at an early point in their criminal career that they may be diverted from continued criminal behavior. The drug abusing or addictive non-violent offender will be offered the opportunity to participate in a rigorous court-supervised intensive outpatient drug treatment, counseling, and job placement program. Frequent drug testing and court appearances will occur over a one-year period. Enrollments are expected to be 120 the first year, 180 the second year, and 300 the third. The project will: (1) develop a planning and design team; (2) develop a diverse staff; (3) develop training materials, guidelines, and protocols; and (4) evaluate the process and outcome objectives. Components of the program will include substance abuse treatment; case management using probation officers; job development; and MIS and client tracking. Expected outcomes of the project are to successfully divert the sentences of non-violent drug involved offenders by using the District Court to initiate and sustain sobriety and recovery, to increase available jail space for more violent offenders, and to decrease the recidivism rate of those involved by addressing their alcohol and drug problems which are the major cause of their criminal behaviors. Funders include the Hyams Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Shaw Foundation, the Polaroid Foundation, and the Boston Foundation.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $431,888.00

Awarded on: 6/28/1995

Time frame: 7/1/1995 - 10/31/1999

Grant Number: 27345


Boston Coalition Against Drugs and Violence, Inc.

105 Chauncy Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, 02111-1726


Cecilia Calvo
Project Director