Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $790,000)
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 Oneida County Family Treatment Court (OCFTC) will enhance its program by providing better access to housing and visitation sites for parents, enabling access to prenatal care, providing additional home-based visitation services, and merging relationships with local hospitals and perinatal clinics. The residents of Oneida County who are involved in the family court system face several obstacles in their day-to-day life, such as the stress of meeting the requirements of the court programs and the treatment programs, lack of access to medical care, lack of reliable and feasible transportation, lack of daycare assistance, and lack of personal supports. Through this enhancement project, OCFTC expects to increase successful completion of participants substance abuse treatment, reduce foster care placements, reduce duration of time spent in foster care, and increase return of children to their homes.