Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $665,032)
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.
Ulster County Family Treatment Court (UCFTC) will build on previous work UCFTC performed under an OJJDP grant through the Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP). With funds from the SSIP grant, UCFTC began and continues to use evidence-based practices, such as Celebrating Families and UNCOPE+, to work with drug-dependent families whose children have been removed from the home. UCFTC will expand that work to continue to serve a population that has the highest overdose death rate involving opioids in New York state. UCFTC will implement preliminary conferencing to ensure rapid engagement of parents, treatment, and parenting time. Emphasis will be placed on parents who live in rural areas services are currently limited or nonexistent. CA/NCF