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The Colorado Family Drug Court System Reform Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $346,009)

OJJDP is seeking to infuse effective family drug court practices established at the local level and institutionalize them in the larger state-level child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems. The purpose of this state systems reform effort is to expand the scale of family drug courts (i.e., penetration rate of the larger child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems) and scope (i.e., range of comprehensive services for families) to serve all families in the child welfare system affected by parental substance use disorders more effectively and improve child, parent, and family outcomes.

The Colorado Family Drug Court System Reform project will rely on partnerships with the Colorado State Court Administrators Office (SCAO), the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare (DCW), the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare (DCW), and the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). This project will promote a shared vision to have child welfare agencies addressing recovery issues for youth and families, treatment providers addressing family reunification, and the courts addressing outcomes for youth and families.

This two year planning grant will facilitate the infusion of the six elements of family treatment drug courts. The six key elements of family treatment drug courts: 1) implementing a system for identifying families; 2) earlier access to assessment and treatment; 3) increased judicial oversight; 4) increased management of recovery services and compliance; 5) appropriate responses to participant behaviors (sanctions and incentives); and 6) collaborative approaches across service systems and the court. The grant will also provide Colorado the opportunity to update the statewide substance abuse protocol that was developed in 2004.


Date Created: September 16, 2014