Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $399,999)
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 Baldwin County Family Treatment Court (FTC) is a judicially supervised, community-based program that provides substance abuse treatment, parenting skills and services, and child/family services to parents with a substance use disorder who are also involved in the child welfare system. The FTC seeks expansion funding to increase the average annual program census (i.e., families served) by more than 40 percent; double the number of rural counties served by the current FTC program, to include all 8 counties in Georgia's Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit by providing transportation and coordination services; increase the number of children reunified with their parents; increase participant graduation rate; establish an evaluation component and feedback loop where results of the evaluation are used to improve the program; and increase community support, faith-based partnerships, and corporate sponsorships. The FTC will provide integrated, evidence-based treatment and recovery support services in keeping with both national and Georgia standards.