Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $746,482)
The OJJDP Family Drug Court Program seeks to build the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to sustain existing family drug courts or establish new family drug courts. Category 1: Enhancing Family Drug Courts will support courts that are fully operational (for at least 1 year) to enhance services of existing family drug courts.
The Greene County Family Treatment Court (FTC) proposes to create safer communities and healthier families by increasing the number of participants who complete the program, reducing the length of time children are in temporary placement due to abuse and/or neglect issues, and reducing the rate at which children reenter temporary custody with subsequent instances of abuse and/or neglect. The project will complete three objectives: (1) improve policies, procedures, and practices of the FTC by becoming a trauma-informed partnership; (2) promote and provide expanded access to best practices for FTC participants and their families; and (3) reduce the length of time children age 0 to 3 years old of FTC participants are in temporary placement by using Safe Babies Court Teams. The project will also provide certified peer recovery specialists as a best practice to help participants in the program. CA/NCF