Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $870,000)
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 Chatham County Family Treatment Court (FTC) will increase participation and graduation of FTC participants while ensuring the safety and well-being of their children. Chatham County proposes to expand services to promote participation and increase access for parents who could not previously manage the costs and time of attendance. The FTC will provide enhanced, localized, evidence-based treatment through wraparound services, parenting education, and transportation assistance to improve outcomes for parents experiencing substance use disorders. The FTC will also improve outcomes for children who have been placed in foster care by achieving family reunification and reducing time to permanency in efforts to offset the long-term negative impacts of placement in foster care. By expanding services to include a location in the county, enhanced services through various treatment models and incentives, transportation assistance, and parenting education, parents from this area will receive the treatment they need and ultimately reunite with their children. CA/NCF