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Ohio Family Drug Court Systems Reform

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $234,115)

OJJDP is seeking to infuse effective family drug court practices established at the local level and institutionalize them in the larger state-level child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems. The purpose of this state systems reform effort is to expand the scale of family drug courts (i.e., penetration rate of the larger child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems) and scope (i.e., range of comprehensive services for families) to serve all families in the child welfare system affected by parental substance use disorders more effectively and improve child, parent, and family outcomes.

The problem to be addressed by this project is the lack of access to existing family drug courts, as well as other treatment services provided through these family drug courts, to parents who are involved in multiple systems of care including Ohios child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems. Ohios family drug treatment courts (FDTCs) are not being utilized effectively as a resource to assist the child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems in providing services to this population. The Supreme Court of Ohio Statewide System-wide Family Drug Court will: (1) identify parents with substance abuse issues who are in the child welfare system that are not participants in the family drug courts; (2) explore the expansion of family drug courts in other counties in Ohio; (3) implement the use of a data dashboard which is aggregate data from the child welfare system; (4) enhance the case management system capacity of family drug courts in Ohio through utilization of existing vendors and developing data standards that courts may use to update their software; (5) enhance service coordination and data sharing capabilities to improve overall delivery models to promote holistic responses to behavioral health needs; and (6) improve infrastructure and capacity of key stakeholders including Supreme Court of Ohio, Department of Job and Family Services, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to enhance service coordination for children and youth with multi-system needs. CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The Supreme Court of Ohio was one of five states to receive competitive funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention in FY 2014 under the Family Drug Court Statewide System Reform Program (SSRP). The purpose of the award is to plan for expanding the scale and scope of family dependency courts, and promote the use of effective drug court practices into child welfare systems inundated with parental substance use disorders. The Supreme Court of Ohio proposes to: hire a full-time Analyst for the two year period to manage and oversee SSRP activities; convene an executive committee of the SSRP that will consist of the Supreme Court Administrative Director and the Directors of Jobs and Family Services, Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services to oversee the SSRP cross-system work of the child welfare, court and treatment systems; expand the number of Family Dependency Treatment Courts by providing court subsidies and Court Training Curriculum to support the new dockets developed from the 2015 Ohio Judicial Symposium on Addiction and Child Welfare; provide technical assistance for demonstration counties that agree to be early adopters of a common screening tool for substance use disorders, data integration and rapid cycle testing of workgroup developed strategies; and conduct a kick-off symposium for counties selected to pilot SSRP practices.

Date Created: September 16, 2014