Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $600,000)
The Drug Treatment Courts Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to enhance pre-existing drug courts or implement new drug courts for individuals with substance abuse problems or co-occurring mental health disorders. Category 3: Family Drug Courts Implementation will support jurisdictions that are ready to implement a family drug court. Grant awards will support jurisdictions where either no family drug court currently exists or a family drug court has been operational for less than 1 year.
The Flathead Family Treatment Court will work with parents in Flathead County, Montana, whose children have been placed into child protection services due to child abuse and/or neglect resulting from a substance use disorder. The goals of the program are to: (1) provide treatment to include screening, assessment, engagement, and counseling for families with a substance abuse disorder and involved in a dependency and neglect case; and (2) resolve problems of child maltreatment and provide children with the services they need to fulfill their potential and grow up in a healthy environment reunited with their family. CA/NCF