Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $550,000)
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.
Snohomish County Superior Court is requesting OJJDP FY 2011 Family Drug Court Program funding in the amount of $550,000 to enhance a family drug treatment court to assist parents involved in the court due to dependency issues of abuse or neglect with successful rehabilitation from the use of drugs and/or alcohol. The population to be served is parents with drug and or alcohol dependencies that are residents of Snohomish County and a dependency petition has been filed alleging abuse or neglect. Approximately 80% of all dependency filings in 2008 involved drug and alcohol abuse/dependence contributing to neglect and abuse filings for children. The projects goal is to provide services that address the substance use/abuse of the parents leading to reunification or safe, permanent alternative placement of the dependents. Current program capacity is 30 parents. Proposed program enhancements include employment services, parenting classes, assessments and therapy for children, additional drug testing and incentives. These services will increase the likelihood of success of the parents in Family Drug Treatment Court and their likelihood of resolving their dependency case satisfactorily. Progress will be measured by the success of participants in achieving program requirements through weekly reviews, milestones reached and graduation criteria met.