Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $349,962)
The purpose of the Family Drug Courts Program is to build the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to either implement new drug courts or enhance pre-existing drug courts for substance-abusing adults involved with the family dependency court as a result of child abuse and neglect issues. Applicants must provide services to the children of the parents in the program as well as to the parents. The program provides seed money, not long-term support. OJJDP expects successful applicants to develop and implement a sustainability plan during the grant period to continue operation of the family drug court when the grant ends. The program is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 3797u et seq.
Siskiyou County operates a Family Drug Treatment Court as a voluntary program serving families involved with the court as a result of child abuse and neglect cases involving substance abuse. With the goal of reunification of participant's families through the elimination of alcohol and drug use, Siskiyou County will utilize grant funds in the amount of $349,962 under Grant Category 2: Enhancement, to target families with open cases in the Family Drug Treatment Court. The project will enhance existing services by modifying community based rehabilitation programs, mental health programs, and family strengthening strategies that assist participants in living free of alcohol and drugs, thus increasing the likelihood of family reunification. The addition of two staff members will also allow for integrated case management, ongoing program development and service coordination. Progress towards project goals will be measured using a process outcome evaluation in which descriptive data is collected that identifies successful versus unsuccessful program participation. Short and long positive outcome indicators include increases in the number of families served in community based rehabilitation programs, an increase in the number of participants who complete the program, increased family reunification and a decrease participants who reoffend through both drug offenses and child protection cases. CA/NCF