Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $291,683)
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.
The purpose of this proposal is to enhance the Logan County Family Treatment Court in Logan County Ohio to meet the expanding needs related to an increase in referrals and the complex needs of supporting families with opiate addiction. Enhancement includes addition of a case manager to provide care coordination for both adults and children, increase in the night and weekend monitoring, urine drug/alcohol screens, residential treatment, adding Strengthening Families Program and providing training for the Family Treatment Court team. The Logan County Family Treatment Court is a comprehensive strategy that effectively links the court system, children's services and substance abuse treatment services. The goal is to intervene in the parental risk factors of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders by providing treatment, accountability and access to a continuum of services/supports while focusing on reuniting families. The target population is Logan County families (parents and children) that are adjudicated as abused, neglected or dependent case and have been identified with a substance disorder/co-occurring disorder as a contributing factor to the inability to adequately parent their child(ren). Progress for the program is measured through ongoing data collection of participant and child progress/participation in the program, urine drug screen results, service utilization, compliance with Children's Services case plan and reunification with children.