Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $275,741)
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.
Putnam County wants to set up a Family Treatment Court (FTC) to be "one-stop" shopping for all participants. There are currently gaps in the ability to fund and provide effective service. There is no case manager specifically assigned to these types of cases. Department of Social Services(DSS) caseworkers are overwhelmed. There is a 2 month lag in getting mental health assessments. There is virtually no public transportation and DSS has limited funds to address certain travel needs of families. Funds will support the hiring of a dedicated case manager, contracts with an evaluator and an addiction specialist psychiatrist, a supplemented researched-based parenting program, the hiring of a therapeutic parent aide, training, and the purchase of equipment, testing supplies and office materials. The goal of the Putnam County FTC is to establish a FTC, providing an effective judicially-controlled process for the rehabilitation of substance abusing parents in order to achieve permanency for children in a safe, substance-free environment.