Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $400,000)
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 Cass County Family Treatment Court (CCFTC) plans to change the life trajectory of the CCFTC participants from that of trauma, addictions, and unmanageability to that of resiliency, sobriety, and an ability to manage stress and problems in a prosocial manner. The primary goal is to provide parents, children, and families with support, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment, and access to services that will protect children, reunite families (when safe to do so), and expedite permanency. This will be done by providing a trauma-informed Medication Assisted Treatment track for participants with opioid use disorders; implementing SMART Recovery groups facilitated by peer supports; providing evidence-based treatment for gambling disorders; providing peer support services to participants; and providing family engagement services before, during, and after contact with the court. CCFTC special focus on parents who are using prescribed medications for mental health disorders or who receive medication assistance for opiate addiction.