About NorthShore Court Foundation
Who We Are?
The Northshore Court Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013. IRS 501(c)3 status was granted effective October 2013 and the Articles of Incorporation filed with the State of Louisiana. The mission of the Foundation is to support the problem-solving courts of the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court (JDC) of Louisiana through community education and fund-raising activities intended to sustain current and enhanced behavioral health treatment programs for eligible justice-involved individuals.
Why Specialty Courts are Effective?
The following Specialty Courts of the 22nd Judicial District Court are funded by the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court office as well as SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) and the BJA ( Bureau of Justice Association). Each program has been designed to target specific populations and provide the resources to address their needs. The programs are less expensive and much more effective than the traditional correction and supervision protocols. On average it costs Louisiana tax payers $25,000 to house an inmate for one year. Yet, the cost for a client of the specialty courts is $5,000.00 a year for services. (La. Supreme court drug court office information). The majority of these funds are used for treatment services and laboratory based drug screens.
Why Support Us?
However, none of the funding sources allow incentives to be an allowable expense. Incentives are given to reward clients for responsible and positive behaviors in their recovery. These include praise from the Bench and tokens of progress such as free drug screens and reduction of supervision. We would like to provide additional incentives for individuals who have shown a strong commitment in their recovery. Through fundraising efforts, we could supplement assistance for rent/mortgage, transportation, and child-care which will make recovery goals more attainable and ensure higher motivation for program compliance among our population. As our programs promote client involvement in pro-social, family-focused activities, being able to provide these incentives can directly reinforce this ideal.
Northshore Court Foundation supports the problem-solving specialty courts of the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court of Louisiana through community education and fund-raising activities intended to sustain current and enhanced behavioral health treatment programs for eligible justice involved individuals.