The Montgomery County Family Treatment Court, presided over by the Honorable Anthony Capizzi, was awarded a three year Family Drug Court implementation grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for a total of $600,000. The funding will be used to implement a new specialized docket, Family Treatment Court. Montgomery County was one of only three nationwide recipients.
Montgomery County Family Treatment Court is designed to improve the safety and well-being of children in the dependency system by providing parents access to drug and alcohol treatment, judicial monitoring of their sobriety, and individualized services to support the entire family. The mission of Family Treatment Court is to ensure children are raised in a nurturing and healthy environment with parents who are drug free.
Substance abuse, particularly heroin, is a significantly growing problem in Ohio. Between 2009 and 2013, Montgomery County saw a striking 132% increase in child welfare cases where opiates were noted as reason for action. The State of Ohio spends an estimated $45 million annually for placement costs of children due to parental use of drugs.
Nationally, reunification rates are approximately 20-40% higher for Family Treatment Courts than the comparison group, and treatment completion rates are 20-30% higher. In addition, children of Family Treatment Court participants spend less time in out-of-home placements, averaging fewer months in foster care.
This grant funded project will be a collaborative partnership between Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Montgomery County Children Services, and Case Western Reserve University.