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About $245,000 in court fees support anti-substance abuse grants
Posted on Sept. 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 23, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

GOSHEN — Drug and alcohol recovery programs, new Breathalyzer tests and counseling are among the suggestions local organizations have to use roughly $245,000 in grants.

The Elkhart County Drug-Free Partnership presented recommendations to county officials Monday, Sept. 23, for 11 grants supported by money collected by the courts from alcohol and drug related cases.

The Elkhart County commissioners approved the grants ranging from $2,750 to $51,180 that can be used in 2014 to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Elkhart County Council is expected to vote on the grants in October.

Here is a snapshot of how the organizations plan to use the funding:

Ÿ The Elkhart County Drug-Free Partnership Office received the largest grant totaling $51,180 to expand its community outreach. The organization plans to increase membership and strengthen its presence in the county through sponsoring and participating in local events, holding an annual luncheon and hosting its own programs to spread awareness about drugs and alcohol. The partnership will use $10,000 from the grant to train local agencies on “social norming” practices that relay the true frequency of drug use among teens rather than using scare tactics to get their message across.

Ÿ The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department submitted two applications for funding. The department plans to set up social norming programs and professionally train school resource officers in local unincorporated schools with $36,775. With a second grant, the department plans to continue its STAR program and buy three or four new Breathalyzer tests with the help of $36,500. The STAR program includes three teams of five officers who respond to illegal parties and other assignments that involve the illegal consumption and possession of alcohol, tobacco and drugs by minors.

Ÿ The Center for Problem Resolution wants to use $29,167 to continue treatment interventions for individuals struggling with the abuse of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Most of the clients the center serves are dealing with the legal consequences of their addictions, according to the organization’s grant application. The grant would allow the center to provide as many as 50 scholarships designed to reduce the cost of treatment.

Ÿ The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, which includes Elkhart County law enforcement agencies, plans to use $25,500 to prevent future crashes and expedite arrests of drunk drivers. The grant would also aid the team in collecting information on fatal crashes that can be used for prevention, treatment and criminal justice programs.

Ÿ The Addictions Recovery Center has proposed using $20,359 to continue and expand its interactive journaling program for clients going through treatment for alcohol and marijuana. The grant would help pay for additional time with clients to discuss journaling activities and their recovery progress.

Ÿ A new applicant this year, the Rose Home will receive $13,412 to pay for program workbooks and additional training for staff who help women complete five levels of recovery and secure jobs. The organization is a residential recovery house for women who are addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Ÿ Recovery Journey is working with the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter to incorporate a program that addresses how trauma affects individuals and their families, the link between abusive relationships and substance abuse, the characteristics of those with addictions and ways to change. The organization wants to provide four scholarships for treatment with the help of a $12,500 grant.

Ÿ Oaklawn will receive $12,436 to continue its partnership with Elkhart Community Schools. The agency has already established a social norming program at the schools, similar to the project the sheriff’s department is planning at the unincorporated schools in the area.

Ÿ The Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center submitted a grant last year and brought a new proposal to the committee for 2014. Using a $4,600 grant, the center wants to educate and offer support to parents of adults with substance abuse problems. The grant will cover programs that will be offered at least three times next year in Elkhart County.

Ÿ The Center for Community Justice will get $2,750 to help cover costs associated with its Victim Impact Panels. The panels, which include drunk driving victims and their families, are used by judges to promote public safety and increase awareness of the consequences of drinking and driving.