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Case Managers

It is common knowledge in Miami Dade County that the Miami Dade drug court has done invaluable work with drug and alcohol related problems within our community.  Miami Dade County ranks among the highest in the country in the incidence of these problems which, unfortunately, places a very heavy burden on the Miami Dade County Drug Court and Judge White-Labora. Simply put, the Miami Dade County Drug Court is understaffed and overworked. There is a genuine and growing need within the Drug Court ranks for additional case management capacity if these clients are to be monitored and assisted properly on their journey through the system. To this end FODC currently pays for three case managers entirely from donated funds.

FODC Recovery Centers

In addition to the Housing Project and the Educational Grant Program, the FODC has even more ambitious goals to help addicts and alcoholics get clean and sober and stay in recovery through the establishment of FODC Recovery Centers. The FODC Recovery Centers will be the equivalent of halfway and three-quarter way houses which will include a range of residential and nonresidential services including individual, group, and family therapy. The FODC Recovery Center coordinators and therapists will work closely with each resident on his or her recovery first and foremost but with great weight on reintegration planning and life skills.  The counseling will stress personal responsibility and independence together with vocational trade training and educational support.  Clients will be assisted with services from developing resumes and establishing a job search plan to directly teaching skills through supportive employment.

Educational Grants

The housing project is helping qualified applicants to reestablish themselves in the workforce and community. For those applicants who have kept to the agreed repayment schedule and have maintained their recovery, and other applicants grounded in recovery, the FODC is planning an FODC Educational Grant Program that will provide tuition and costs for GED and community college. For qualified applicants, the Educational Grant Program will provide funds for tuition, books, and other costs associated with high school equivalency testing and certification followed by enrollment in Miami-Dade or Broward Community colleges. The FODC plans the roll out of the FODC Educational Grant Program in January 2013.

Housing Loans

The mission of the Friends Of The Drug Court, Inc. is to provide loans, educational grants and medical assistance to recovering addicts and alcoholics who successfully completed Drug Court. The housing loans provide needed financial assistance. These loans are available only to applicants who have shown a genuine desire to maintain their recovery through attendance and involvement in AA or NA and who have secured gainful employment.  The loans are interest free, never exceed $1,800.00 and are repaid during the ensuing two years.

The Friends Of The Drug Court, Inc. – Housing Project provides financial assistance for housing to as many qualified applicants as possible on a revolving and ongoing basis. The applicants are screened by the Housing Project staff which includes Dr. John Eustace, a renowned addiction specialist,  as well as Jerrell A. Breslin, J.D., Program Director, who himself is a recovering alcoholic and addict and longstanding member of AA and NA. Once screened, the applicants must be approved by the Governing Board.

From an initial grant of $20,000 in 2003 provided by the Miami Coalition for the Homeless as well as other donations from the community,  it is the now realized goal of Friends Of The Drug Court, Inc. to establish and maintain a self perpetuating fund to provide financial assistance to as many qualified applicants as possible with accumulated funds. To date there have been over thirty housing loans extended with more extended on a weekly basis. These loans have been made for a period of no longer than two years. During these two years the applicants will have established gainful employment and will be required to repay the loan from their income in equal and affordable amounts over the course of the two years. They will also offer evidence that they are maintaining their recovery through either NA or AA monitoring.