Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $827,973)
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.
Working in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Administrative Office of Courts (AOCs) proposal will increase the participation of seven family drug courts (FDCs) while providing the best possible services for its participants and families. The measurable goals of the project are to increase FDC participation, reduce the number of children in foster care in a more efficient and timely manner, provide substance abuse treatment to participants in rural areas, and provide programs for children of participants in an effort to give them the best opportunities in life. The project will create an FDC specialist position at the AOC. The person in this position will train, monitor, collect data from, and assist the FDCs. CA/NCF