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University of Missouri -St. Louis, Family Intervention Program for Parents Who Have Abused Drugs

Award Information

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Awardee County
St. Louis
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $237,002)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Curators of the University of Missouri (M.U.) will implement a joint project between M.U.'s St. Louis School of Social Work and the Missouri 23rd Judicial Circuit Court to improve the outcomes of the Jefferson County Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC). FDTC links child protective services, community treatment providers, and the court in an effort to coordinate services needed to restore parents' sobriety and provide for the permanence, safety, and well-being of their children. FDTC will provide more frequent court reviews focusing on parents' progress in treatment, children's behavior, and parents' visits with their children.

The objectives of the program include: improving the parents' participation in a treatment process recommended by the drug court team; ensuring parents' weekly appearance in court and compliance with all court orders; supporting parental visits and support of their children; ensuring that parents follow dependency-case treatment plans and attend all court hearings; ensuring that parents participate in court approved parenting classes to develop and improve parenting skills; and, assisting parents as they seek stable housing.


Date Created: September 7, 2008