Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Grant Program * A Critical

Ray Luick – Justice System Improvement Specialist, Wisconsin Department of
Justice, Justice Programs Unit
Tony Streveler – Executive Policy Initiatives Advisor and Director-Research and
Policy, Office of the Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Lila Schmidt – Criminal Justice Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Health
Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Michelle Cern – Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator, Office of Court
Operations, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Symposium
August 23, 2013
 Wisconsin
Department of Justice
 Wisconsin
Department of Health Services
 Wisconsin
Department of Corrections
 Wisconsin
Director of State Courts Office
2005 Wisconsin Act 25 established the Treatment Alternatives and
Diversion Program Wis. Stat. Section 16.964(12)
• To promote public safety, reduce prison and jail populations, reduce
prosecution and incarceration costs, reduce recidivism, and improve the
welfare of participants’ families by meeting the comprehensive needs to
• To provide grants to counties to enable them to establish and operate
programs, including suspended and deferred prosecution programs and
programs based on principles of restorative justice, that provide alternatives to
prosecution and incarceration for criminal offenders who abuse alcohol or
other drugs and are not violent offenders.
Initially funded programs in seven counties:
Adult drug treatment courts - Burnett, Rock, Washburn and Wood counties
Diversion programs - Dane, Milwaukee, and Washington counties
Expanded to include funding of diversion programs in Ashland
and Bayfield counties in 2012
Current funding
• $1,038,900 for currently funded projects
New funding
• The 2013-2015 biennial budget, the provided an
additional $1M annually for the TAD grant program.
• TAD program requires a 25% local cash match
Evidence-Based Practices
• Applicant must use evidence-based practices in your
diversion or problem-solving court program
Technical Assistance
• Grant recipients can receive technical assistance from
program partners as necessary/requested
 Important
• Applications Due - October 17, 2013
• Project Start Date – January 1, 2014
• Project End Date – December 31, 2014
 Projects
continuing to meet program
requirements will be able to reapply for
funding through December 31, 2016
Two categories of funding:
• Nine currently funded projects ($1,038,900)
• New projects – projects in counties not currently receiving TAD
funds ($1,000,000)
Eligible Expenses:
Personnel and fringe benefits
Travel and training
Consultant/contractual expenses
Supplies and operating expenses
Specific application criteria for pre-trial diversion
and problem-solving courts
Letters of Support
 Reporting
• Regular progress reports
• Program evaluation
• Subject to compliance with applicable state and
national standards related to diversion and
problem-solving court projects
• Problem-solving courts – subject to information
sharing requirements of the State ProblemSolving Court Coordinator
 Grant Writing 101 – DOJ resource guide
• Step by step advice on grant application process
• Budget development
• Grant writing tips
Partners and DOJ staff will be
available to answer questions related to
grant application and process