Summit County Juvenile Court has received a three-year, $538,000 federal grant to operate a family drug court.
The specialized court will be run jointly with Summit County Children Services.
The program is designed to aid families through “intensive treatment and intervention.” The drug court will work with families who have had their children removed for substance abuse reasons.
The grant was awarded in September by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The funds will be used, in part, to pay the salaries of a drug court coordinator and an additional Summit County Children Services social work assistant, who will work with other Children Services employees assigned to the program.
Remaining funds will be used for “rigorous drug/alcohol testing” to ensure treatment compliance. Officials hope to serve up to 25 families in the drug court.
“We are pleased that the Department of Justice has provided funding that will help us continue our efforts to reunite families,” Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio said. “These grants are difficult to obtain, so we are also honored that our court was chosen as a recipient. As always, we are grateful to all of our community partners and look forward to working together to serve the best interests of children in Summit County.”