In response to Ohio’s opioid epidemic, OhioMHAS created the Specialized Dockets Subsidy Project. This project assists drug courts and other specialized dockets with funding to effectively manage addicted offenders in the community. As a result, fewer people are committed to the state prison system. Specialized dockets that target addicted parents charged with abuse, neglect or dependency of their minor children were also eligible for funding. These programs reduce the number of children who are permanently removed from their homes and, instead, increase the number of children who can remain in their homes with protective supervision provided by child protective services agencies.
Governor DeWine made increasing specialized dockets a priority for SFYs 2020/2021. As a result, forty-two (42) additional specialized dockets began receiving funding from the Department. A total of 183 projects received awards. The average award was $36,038.
SFY 2020 Specialized Dockets Subsidy Project Highlights
The following table shows the number of each type of specialized docket funded through this project: