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Douglasville, GA - Douglas County recently was awarded an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant of just over $850, 000 with a local in kind match of $47,497. The nearly one million dollar grant was applied for by Jill Hopson and Jenny McDade with the Juvenile Programs Administration recognizing the need to expand the services provided by the Family Treatment Court in Douglas County.

This grant will provide a Case Manager to oversee the coordination of services for children whose parent is enrolled in Family Treatment Court, as well as a Case Manager for additional clients.

Family Treatment Court, which began in 2008, has celebrated 44 graduates and 16 drug free babies born.

"This gives us the opportunity to continue to frontload services for families with substance use disorders," Juvenile Court Chief Judge Peggy Walker said.

The Douglas County Family Treatment Court serves families in the Douglas County Juvenile Court as an alternative to the adversarial approach traditionally used in dependency cases and is based on a team approach. The team works together to provide a highly structured, supportive and coordinated approach to treating the parent's disease of substance use and the resulting parenting obstacles.

The financial award will make a significant impact for Juvenile Programs in Douglas County. "Thanks to this grant, the current services will be doubled, allowing the Court to reach more families, and empowering parents to take control of their own recovery for the benefit of themselves and their children," said Mrs. McDade.

"We have the opportunity to strengthen community partnerships particularly with Wellstar as it is doubling its birthing center capacity," Judge Walker said. "We will create a safe environment for pregnant woman and their partners to seek substance use treatment and support." Along with the OJJDP grant, Douglas County Juvenile Court and Programs are involved with the National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams (QIC-CCCT) grant to partner with local agencies to assist pregnant women who are using substances with services and treatment.

The Douglas County Juvenile Programs Administration staff will administer the grant.

For more information about the Douglas County Family Treatment Court, contact Jennifer King, Assistant Director/Family Treatment Court Coordinator at 770-920-7121.

Photo, left to right: Jenny McDade, Director of Juvenile Programs, Deena Davis, Family Intervention Specialist, Chief Juvenile Judge Peggy Walker, Jill Hopson, Programs Manager, Jennifer King, Assistant Director/Family Treatment Court Coordinator

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