The Journal Gazette
Friday, July 12, 2019 1:20 pm

Commissioners OK fund to handle grant money for new program

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Allen County commissioners approved the creation of the Family Recovery Court Fund to handle $25,000 in grant money to support the new program. 

Allen Superior Court's Family Relations Division launched Family Recovery Court in February to deal with cases that involve complex drug addiction and substance abuse issues, said John McGauley, court executive for Allen Superior Court.

Magistrate Sherry Hartzler told the commissioners the grant funding will allow the Family Recovery Court to expand its services. 

"We're using these particular funds to bring additional programming to the Allen County Family Recovery Court related to substance abuse, parent-child counseling and services addressing specifically trauma related to substance abuse," she said. "This grant funding will also allow us to expand the number of participants, parents and children, that we serve as well."

The Family Recovery Court has been operating for six months, Hartzler said, and has seen "some incredible results and some successes in light of challenging circumstances." 

Family Recovery Court operates in three phases, Hartzler said. The first is detoxification from substances, followed by employment issues, housing and sustained recovery. The third phase is designed to address barriers that may prevent reunification of families, she said.

Throughout the process, Family Recovery Court partners with local mental health providers Park Center and Phoenix and Associates to provide programming to participants. 

"The title of the program is called Celebrating Families, but it's a particular parent-child therapy model, which is something we felt we were missing," Hartzler said.

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