The New York Times (9/26, Schonbek, Subscription Publication) reports on an innovative program called Family Treatment Court in Chautauqua County, New York. The program provides personalized treatment programs tailored to each participant’s needs, including caseworkers and a presiding judge who tracks their progress as they complete drug and alcohol treatment, keeps them out of the criminal justice system, and helps keep their children out of the foster care system. There are 370 such centers across the country. The article profiles a recovering young woman, Samantha Coleman, who has completed treatment and was able to keep custody of her two daughters through the program.
— “Courts That Save Opioid Victims’ Family Life,” Amelia Schonbek, New York Times, September 26, 2017.