Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $550,000)
The Family Drug Courts program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to either implement new drug courts or enhance pre-existing drug courts for individuals with substance abuse disorders or substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma, who are involved with the family dependency court as a result of child abuse, neglect, and other parenting issues. Category 2: Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational (for at least 1 year) family drug court that propose to enhance the operation of the court.
The overarching purpose of the proposed OKFDC plan is to enhance the quality of treatment services available to OKFDC parents and their children, and provide increased support and education to involved caregivers, thereby improving permanency outcomes and overall participant well-being. OKFDC has achieved the initial goal outlined in the 2011 OJJDP implementation application and is successfully operating an OK County program based upon FDC best practices. The OKFDC remains actively committed to existing goals of intervening in family risk factors and improving treatment outcomes. Additional resources to implement the proposed plan will provide a wider breadth and depth of services. Enhancement and expansion funds will provide OKFDC and community partners with improved structure and tools to improve and sustain essential services. On behalf of the children, their parents, and caregivers served by the OKFDC, the project proposes to: (1) expand the OKFDC capacity to serve participants and their children through assessments and community-based service linkages that include six key domains (development, education, primary healthcare, mental health, familial SA screening, and comprehensive trauma assessment and treatment); (2) enhance the service delivery of two evidence-based parenting education programs, Celebrating Families Program (CFP) and Strengthening Families Program (SFP), both designed to increase individual and family functioning, increase the likelihood of timely reunification with birth families, and decrease maltreatment recurrence; and (3) increase the capacity of community stakeholders through implementing a multi-year education initiative addressing SA, child welfare, and trauma-informed interventions. CA/NCF