Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $293,394)
The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is designed to assist states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments in developing and establishing drug courts for substance-abusing adult and juvenile offenders. Drug court programs funded by the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program are required by law to target nonviolent offenders. The Program supports the following activities: Adult drug court implementation, Juvenile drug court implementation, Family drug court implementation, Single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, Statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts.
This proposal describes the implementation of a Family Treatment Court in Warren County, New York, (hereinafter referred to as WCFTC) designed to meet the needs of an "at risk" rural jurisdiction. The initial focus will be on child neglect cases in which substance abuse by their parents is a substantial factor. The intent is to begin operations in late July-early August of 2003.
The proposed WCFTC will provide intensive judicial supervision; early entry into treatment; random drug and alcohol screening; individual case management; educational, vocational and parental training; and counseling (both family and individual) for nonviolent substance abusing parents who have neglected their children. The goal of the WCFTC is to promote the safety of neglected children in Warren County by reuniting them with sober parents much sooner than the 18 month time limit of the Adoption and Safe Families Act; to increase frequency and reduce supervision of visitation by non-custodial parents, to reduce foster care time by neglected children; and to reduce alcohol and drug use among adult respondents.