The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court (EJDC) has been awarded an $874,097 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs grant for Family Treatment Drug Court inpatient treatment and housing with intensive outpatient treat-ment. The court applied to the Justice Department for the much needed funding that will break down to approximately $291,365 a year. The grant will cover 13 residential beds and 13 housing slots with intensive outpatient treatment each year until Sept. 30, 2021. The funding will help to meet the court goal to improve outcomes through enhanced wrapa-round services to reunify families, increase parent treatment engagement and retention, decrease substance abuse and improve family functioning. The surge of opioid abuse has overwhelmed child welfare systems across the county and in our community.
"This Department of Justice grant is greatly needed and appreciated. The funding will go to address the crisis-level need in the Family Treatment Drug Court for housing and wraparound services," said District Court Chief Judge Linda Marie Bell. "Each family that achieves a successful outcome as a result of this funding will create a positive ripple effect for their children and the community."
The District Court Family Treatment Drug Court program is a voluntary program. Parents are typically referred to the pro-gram by their Department of Family Services (DFS) case manager and/or the judge presiding over their case. Participa-tion in the program involves either a written referral from the DFS case manager, and/or parental request to start the pro-gram.
"Every day in court, we see the toll drugs take on families. Parental addiction as a contributing factor for removal of chil-dren is a growing issue," said Judge Frank Sullivan who presides over the Family Treatment Drug Court. "This much needed funding gives us the ability to keep families intact as parents get the treatment and services they need to recover and care for their children."
Family Treatment Drug Court has four phases or milestones to assist the parent in working through the complex issues of their addiction and co-occurring disorders in a meaningful and manageable way. Incentives and sanctions are used to achieve success. Parents are typically required to attend court weekly in the initial stages of treatment. Drug and alcohol testing provides an accurate, timely and comprehensive assessment of substance use and treatment progress by partici-pants. The judge is provided updates on treatment attendance and progress, drug test results, and overall case status/progress.
The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court specialty courts are an effective way to prevent participants from revolving through the justice system. The specialty courts include veterans court, mental health court, the OPEN program, drug court, felony DUI court, family treatment drug court and autism court. The court will begin a gambling treatment court on Oct. 19. The specialty courts are a great example of how the Eighth Judicial District Court is working to be efficient and effec-tive. District Court judges and staff continuously work to develop innovative ideas, improve efficiencies, address issues and improve access to justice. For more information about the courts, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us, Facebook.com/ClarkCountyCourts, Twitter at MPrice@LasVegasCourts, or blog at eighthjdcourt.wordpress.com.