U.S. Department of Justice: Family Drug Court ProgramDeadline: May 29, 2019
The 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. Family drug courts serve parents who require treatment for a substance abuse disorder and who are involved with the child welfare system as a result of child abuse, neglect, or other parenting issues. Family drug courts provide intensive judicial monitoring and interventions using a multi-disciplinary approach to treat parents’ substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.
Family drug courts must also meet certain requirements, including:
- Continuing judicial supervision over individuals under the jurisdiction of the court with substance abuse problems including co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems, who are not violent offenders.
- Coordination with the appropriate state or local prosecutor.
- The integrated administration of other sanctions and services, which shall include: Mandatory periodic testing for the use of controlled substances or other addictive substances during any period of supervised release or probation for each participant; substance abuse treatment for each participant; diversion, probation, or other supervised release involving the possibility of prosecution, confinement, or incarceration based on noncompliance with program requirements or failure to show satisfactory progress; offender management and aftercare services such as relapse prevention, health care, education, vocational training, job placement, housing placement, and child care or other family support services for each participant who requires such services; payment, in whole or in part, by the offender for treatment costs, to the extent practicable, such as costs for urinalysis or counseling; payment, in whole or in part, by the offender, of restitution, to the extent practicable, to either a victim of the offender’s offense or to a restitution or similar victim support fund.
Applicants must clearly designate one of three family drug court grant categories for which they are applying:
- Category 1: Enhancing Family Drug Courts – The goal of programs funded under Category 1 is to enhance and/or expand existing family drug courts to provide substance-abusing parents with treatment and accountability by offering access to recovery services that will ultimately protect children; reunite families, when safe to do so; and, expedite permanency.
- Category 2: Serving Veterans Through Family Drug Courts – It is estimated that between 30-35% of veterans are affected by overlapping trauma and substance abuse disorders. Secondary trauma affecting veteran families has been documented, along with higher frequency of family stress and violence. Substance abuse disorders, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress, brain injuries, and other consequences of military service and/or deployment, may result in some of these families being referred to child protective services or family violence caseloads in response to incidents within the family. Therefore, identifying and addressing parental distress are critical to preventing and intervening in child maltreatment in veteran families. A collaborative approach among child and adult service providers, such as the family drug court model, can be helpful in serving the needs of the whole family. The goal of programs funded under Category 2 is to assist family drug courts in efforts to provide substance-abusing veteran parents with support, treatment, and access to services that will protect children; reunite families when safe to do so; and, expedite permanency. The objective is to expand and increase access to services available through state child welfare, drug treatment, and court systems to more effectively intervene with veteran parents and their families with substance abuse disorders. Services are targeted to substance-abusing veteran parents with children and substance-abusing veteran parents who are involved in the child welfare system as a result of child abuse and neglect issues.
- Category 3: Establishing New Family Drug Courts – The goal of programs funded under Category 3 is to implement new family drug courts to provide substance-abusing parents with treatment and accountability by offering access to recovery services that will ultimately protect children; reunite families, when safe to do so; and expedite permanency. Priority will be given to applicants that include a plan to develop and implement a specialized track of services for military veteran parents in their programs.
Amount: A total of $9,000,000 is available to make 14 awards dependent upon category, as follows:
- Category 1 (Enhancing Family Drug Courts) – Up to eight awards of up to $750,000 each
- Category 2 (Serving Veterans Through Family Drug Courts) – Up three awards of up to $350,000 each
- Category 3 (Establishing New Family Drug Courts) – Up to three awards of up to $650,000 each
The period of performance for each category is 36 months.
Eligibility: States, territories, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments acting on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court. Faith and community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) are ineligible as applicants; however, these entities are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants as a community provider of services, if applicable and appropriate.