Commissioners Court - Regular

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AI-13025 2.N.       
Meeting Date: 01/20/2021  
Family Drug Court Program Application
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Texas Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division for the Nueces County Family Drug Court Program.
The Nueces County Family Drug Treatment Court is managed by County Court at Law No. 5. The program functions in partnership with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), The Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Coastal Bend (COADA), and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The program serves as an integrated trauma informed treatment and support modality for families dealing with a parent suffering from addiction. The primary outcome is for parents to successfully reunify with their children and function as responsible and sober parents. The primary goal is to protect children and to reunite families. The outcome will be a reduction in the number of children in foster care due to substance abuse, shorter time in care, and an increase in the number of children successfully reunited with families by integrating services.  The twelve-month, four-phase program is a voluntary court monitored approach to treatment for parents currently involved with the Department of Family and Protective Services due to parental substance abuse/dependency.
The Nueces County Family Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee, Inc. received a one-year grant from the Christus Fund to hire a full-time Drug Court Coordinator/Counselor. That grant has since ended, and the County absorbed the position on a part-time basis. 
The Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division has issued a solicitation for applications for their FY2022 Specialty Courts Program, of which the Family Drug Court program would be eligible. The application is estimated to total $150,000 and there is no cash match required for this program. The grant would pay for the salary and benefits for the court coordinator, along with equipment and supplies such as a laptop, printer, and other office supplies.  The grant application is due on February 11, 2020 and there is no match required for this program.  

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