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.
Lancaster County, Nebraska is enhancing upon their Family Drug Court Program to further services to their Family Treatment Drug Court Track (FTDCT). FTDCT is an infusion court that seeks to provide evidence based services for adults and children to not only treat substance abuse, but to provide services that address trauma and reduce other risk factors for future maltreatment and substance abuse. The enhancement program has three main goals: (1) Provide substance-abusing parents with support, treatment, and access to services to protect children; (2) Increase the rate of re-unification for children, where appropriate; and (3) expedite permanency for children in the program. The program will serve the City of Lincoln as well as Lancaster County and partner with treatment providers including Lutheran Family Services, St. Monicas, Touchstone and First Step Recovery and Wellness.