WVa Family Treatment Courts draw more than $900K in grants

Two grants totaling more than $900,000 are supporting new West Virginia Family Treatment Courts aimed at helping children and parents affected by substance abuse disorders. (Source: MGN)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two grants totaling more than $900,000 are supporting new West Virginia Family Treatment Courts aimed at helping children and parents affected by substance abuse disorders.

The four courts were authorized by a new law this year. A state Supreme Court news release says they’re set up to protect children and help parents who’ve been involved in abuse and neglect proceedings due to substance use, before they permanently lose custody.

Treatment court teams from Boone, Ohio and Randolph counties have been attending training in Charleston this week. The release said one of the grants funded the two-day session.

The West Virginia Health and Human Resources Department’s Office of Drug Control Policy provided a nearly $340,000 grant and the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office awarded a grant of about $597,000.