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					FAMILY TREATMENT COURT
Metropolitan Davidson County Juvenile Court

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This program is for parents who have a likelihood of success with reunification with their children. The parent must be 18 years of age, resident of Davidson County, TN, and substance abuse is the primary barrier to appropriate parenting. The parent must be willing to participate and follow through with all recommendations and requirements of the FTC. Parents are referred to FTC through petitions pending before the Davidson County Juvenile Court due to child neglect or abuse.

Non-Eligible:
Parents who have committed violent offenses, including sexual offenses and domestic violence.  Parents with a medical or psychiatric condition causing a degree of impairment or instability that would interfere with program participation and functioning will not be admitted into the program.
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Non-Eligible:
in methadone maintenance programs will not be considered for admission.  In addition, FTC will not consider parents that have received more than five substance abuse treatment services in the last 24 months.
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FTC Goals:
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The goal of the FTC is to provide quality services with a team approach resulting in positive changes in your life by placing children first, being family centered, and recovery driven. Your goals and ours should be the same…for you to stop using mood-altering drugs, be a better parent and to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of your child(ren). To accomplish this you must follow all instructions, recommendations, and cooperate with the Referee and the FTC Team.

Family Treatment Court Staff:
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Juvenile Court Referee Probation Officer Attorney/ Guardian ad Litem Caring for Children Specialist Counselors from treatment programs

Program Description:
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Four different phases, each with its own goals and requirements. Through out all of these phases is the expectation that you will be in some form of substance abuse treatment and recovery program. Other expectation is that you will also be involved in various parenting and family services so that you can make progress with other areas of you life.

Phase I
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This is where you will begin and commit to the appropriate alcohol or other drug abuse treatment program, the team starts to identify your family’s needs and relationship with the Referee and the FTC team is formed.
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appear in Court once a week visitation with your child or children will be set at 6 hours per week supervised random urine drug screens must be at least six weeks of substance free before advancement to Phase II.

Phase II
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This phase is primarily concerned with teaching you how to maintain sustained sobriety and healthy parenting skills.
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continue treatment services appear in Court every other week visitation will expand to 8 hours per week, unsupervised random urine drug screens have at least eight consecutive weeks of clean time to advance to Phase III

Phase III
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During this phase you will need to obtain employment and adequate housing. You will continue with treatment as recommended by the FTC team.
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appearance in court is every three weeks visitation will increase to over night stays for your child and gradually to the standard visitation set by the court random urine drug screens have at least eight consecutive weeks of clean time to advance to Phase IV

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This is the last phase in the program.
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appearance in Court will be reduced to one time a month urine drug screens visitation roles will switch at this time must have six to eight months of consecutive clean time to graduate the program and be able to demonstrate:
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coping skills parenting skills relapse prevention techniques

Program Expectations:
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Arrive at Court and at all of your scheduled appointments on time and stay for the entire session. Meet with your Attorney when scheduled; ask questions of him or her, especially if you are confused or uncertain about the Court process. Read and contribute to your Plan of Action. Be expected you to submit to random and scheduled urine drug screens without refusal. Refusal will be a positive drug screen. Keep the team informed of any changes in your address, telephone number, or other important information. Do not miss any scheduled Court dates, treatment sessions, support group meetings, meetings with Caring for Children staff, or meetings with your Probation Officer. Call your Probation Officer and Attorney if you are having any kind of difficulty, including making your appointment on time.

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Inform the team if you have been prescribed or are taking any medication (even if it is over the counter). There is a limit to the type of mood-altering substances and narcotic medication a person can be prescribed by a doctor while in FTC. Participate fully in all your treatment services in order to become clean and sober. Do not argue with the Referee or staff. If you disagree with something, talk to your Attorney. If you are in court, state your position in a calm manner and accept what is being asked of you. Do not miss any of your visits with your child or children. Be cooperative with the temporary guardian, and speak with your Caring for Children Specialist if you have any concerns. Be involved in the education, medical/counseling appointments, etc. of your child or children. Engage in parenting classes and apply what you have learned. It is your responsibility to advise your physician that you are addicted to drugs and alcohol and cannot be prescribed addictive medication that could foster your addiction. Be respectful of yourself and others.

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Confidentiality Recovery and Family Service Plans Progress Reports Termination


				
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