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Family treatment court receives $300K grant

Published 5:54pm Sunday, September 30, 2012

CASSOPOLIS — The Cass County Family Court has received a $300,000 grant to serve parents who have concurrent criminal and family treatment court cases heard by the Honorable Judge Susan L. Dobrich.

The two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice is provided under the Second Chance Act Family-Based Adult Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

Services provided under the grant begin when parents are incarcerated and provides services such as treatment, counseling, family therapy, visitation with their children, drug

screenings, and intensive care management, according to grant guidelines. The services will be provided to help parents regain custody of their children while transitioning back into the community to become productive members of society.

Monies will be available Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Judge Docrich’s court is also competing for two other federal grants. One is a federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. The second is a family treatment court enhancement grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Dobrich’s court currently has a one-year $75,000 grant from the Michigan Supreme Court for substance abusers. It has received several earlier grants, including a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Dep rtment of Justice that provided for the creation of the Family Treatment Court in 2004.

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