A new court program will assist drug rehab patients and their families in Central Georgia during substance-abuse treatment.
The Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit started a new program with River Edge Behavioral Health Center that'll help keep families together while parents go through treatment, according to a release.
That new program is called the Family Dependency Treatment Court, or FDTC, and a grant from Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will help fund it.
FDTC is expected to help "fill in gaps in the child welfare system by providing extra monitoring and in-home visits, additional needed supports, as well as in-court compliance," Judge Spivey of the Ocmulgee Circuit says in the release.
The program also assists with parental skill training, domestic violence education and counseling as well as mental health maintenance.
Ultimately, the program provides parents going through addiction treatment with accountability while they face rehab and aims to prevent relapse.
These types of programs started in 1995 and more than 300 exist in the United States.
The program already serves 11 parents, and referrals are accepted from Baldwin, Jones, Putnam and Wilkinson counties.