Department of Public Health and Human Services First Judicial District Court
Contacts: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Korie Diehl, First Judicial District / Family Drug Treatment Court Coordinator, 406-457-8809
First Judicial District Court launches Family Drug Treatment Court with $600,000 federal grant
WHAT: The Honorable Judge James P. Reynolds of the First Judicial District Court will be joined by Governor Steve Bullock; Child and Family Ombudsman Traci Shinabarger of the Montana Department of Justice; Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher; and DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan to announce the launching of a new Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC) serving Lewis and Clark and Broadwater Counties.
The new FDTC is being funded through a three-year $600,000 federal grant award from the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice through the Family Drug Court Implementation and Enhancement Program.
Reynolds said the target population to be served are parents with a substance use disorder, or with a co-occurring mental health disorder whose children have been placed in the child protection system due to child abuse and/or neglect.
Reynolds said the new FDTC will serve a maximum of 15 families simultaneously, with impact to about 40 children at any point in time. The FDTC will utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to assess the family’s situation, devising comprehensive case plans that address the needs of the children and the parents. The multidisciplinary team will be comprised of alcohol and drug abuse and family and mental health counselors, child protection representatives, experts in early childhood services and FDTC staff that work directly with the family on a weekly basis.
Currently, there are four other Family Drug Treatment Courts in Montana, including the counties of Yellowstone, Butte-Silver Bow, Missoula and in Poplar on the Fort Peck Reservation.
WHO: Honorable Judge James P. Reynolds of the First Judicial District Court; Governor Steve Bullock; Child and Family Ombudsman Traci Shinabarger of the Montana Department of Justice; Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher; and DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan.
WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: First Judicial District Court, 228 Broadway. The event will take place in the courtroom of Judge Mike Menahan in Room 205 at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse located at 228 Broadway.