Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $599,999)
The Family Drug Court Implementation and Enhancement 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 cooccurring 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. This program is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 3797u, et seq.
The primary goal of the Family Drug Court (FDC) program through Montgomery County Juvenile Court (MCJC) is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of children in the dependency system by actively intervening to address the drug, alcohol, and other service needs of families through integrated, culturally competent, and judicially managed collaboration that facilitates timely reunification or an alternative permanency plan. The FDC target population will be parents/caregivers who MCJC has determined to be responsible in a dependent, abused, or neglected judicial case in either an unofficial (pre-adjudicated) or official (adjudicated) filing status. Montgomery County will use the Family Assessment Scale for General Services and Reunification tool, which will be administered during client program screening and at program completion to evaluate the FDCs impact on the family. Participants will receive substance abuse and mental health screenings and treatment services using treatment providers approved by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.