Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $896,785)
The Hancock County Family Treatment Court is proposing to enhance the existing Family Treatment Court in Hancock County, MS, to improve equitable outcomes for all families. The team will measure improvements through the following objectives: reduce unsuccessful discharges by 15 percent by September 30, 2026; decrease trauma symptoms among 80 percent of participants at the time of program completion as measured through trauma-based relational intervention pre- and post-measures; and improve the use of data to advance equity through quarterly data monitoring by March 30, 2024, as measured through quarterly data dashboard reports. The beneficiaries of the program are families involved with the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services who are affected by a substance use disorder and are enrolled in the family treatment court. The primary enhancement activities are expanding peer support through a certified peer that will deliver recovery support services 40 hours per week and the addition of trauma-based relational intervention, an evidence-based trauma intervention program. The program will serve 20 families per year and the expected outcomes include increased engagement, reduced trauma symptoms, and decreased re-entries into the child welfare system.