Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $493,722)
The OJJDP Family Drug Court Program seeks to build the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to sustain existing family drug courts or establish new family drug courts. Category 1: Enhancing Family Drug Courts will support courts that are fully operational (for at least 1 year) to enhance services of existing family drug courts.
The Grant County Family Recovery Court (FRC) serves parents with child in need of services (CHINS) cases involving significant substance use. The FRC proposes to (1) improve outcomes for CHINS parents referred to substance abuse treatment, (2) decrease the amount of time children spend in out-of-home placement, (3) reduce the number of parental rights terminations, and (4) increase the efficacy and availability of FRCs. Project objectives include (1) incorporating a family-centered approach, (2) increasing parent engagement, (3) enhancing skills of direct care staff, and (4) serving as a peer learning court. The FRC will provide enhanced drug screening services, add an additional Celebrating Families support group and peer recovery support specialist, and attend skills enhancement trainings. CA/NCF