Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $399,151)
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.
Grant County's Family Dependency Treatment Court (FDTC) will serve parents with Child in Need of Services (CHINS) cases involving significant substance abuse, with a primary focus on parents with substance-exposed infants and/or at least one child under the age of two. Grant County FDTC seeks to improve outcomes for CHINS parents referred to substance abuse treatment; decrease the amount of time children spend in out-of-home placement; and reduce the number of parental rights terminations. To successfully achieve these goals, Grant County FDTC will partner with Grant Blackford Mental Health, Cornerstone, Milestone and Keystone. Project goals include sustained sobriety among participants, avoiding removal of children from their homes, and serving as the first Peer Learning Court in their geographic area. CA/NCF