Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,750,000)
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 3: State and County Family Drug Courts Expansion will support states and counties to enhance and/or expand family drug court treatment and recovery practices at the larger state and county levels to more effectively serve families affected by opioid, stimulant, and other substance use disorders.
The New York State Unified Court System (UCS) will develop and promote best practice standards for every family court, especially in the rural areas where practices are inconsistent and standards are lacking. The objective will be achieved through expanded collaboration between the court system, substance abuse treatment system, and child welfare system. This project will use the Family Treatment Court (FTC) Strategic Plan to expand FTC principles into rural areas. The UCS will empower rural areas to enhance access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services; develop and implement policies and best practices consistent with recognized standards; and support multidisciplinary teams with stakeholders from the court, child welfare systems, SUD treatment service systems, and community-based organizations that serve children. CA/NCF