Subscribe for 33¢ / day

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A new family treatment court in Wisconsin aims to help children by more intensely addressing their parents' drug addiction.

Kenosha County is launching a Family Drug Treatment Court, the Kenosha News reported . The court will have new substance abuse treatment programs for parents who've had their children taken into foster care. Parents will be required to routinely go before a judge to discuss their progress.

"When these parents are in front of a judge frequently — the judge meets with them, encourages, rewards and stays on top of the progress they are making, or holds them accountable or shows some displeasure when they are not making progress — that motivates parents to put in more effort," said Ron Rogers, the director of Kenosha County Children and Family Services.

The goal is to find better ways to handle parents with addiction issues, Rogers said. Treatment will be funded through Medicaid so the county won't be devoting additional county funds to the program, he said.

Annual data reviews of the Child in Need of Protection or Services system have indicated that substance abuse is a key factor in many cases, said Judge Jason Rossell, who handles CHIPS cases. There were more than 150 families with CHIPS cases involving about 290 children during the 2015-2016 period, he said. Almost 60 percent of those cases involved substance abuse.

The program will first be launched as a pilot so officials can monitor data and see if families that go through the program have better outcomes, Rossell said.

"We want to track what we are doing right, or find out whether we are wasting our time here," he said.

More funding may eventually be sought to expand the program's capacity if it proves to be effective, he said.

———

Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

0
0
0
0
0

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thanks for reading. Subscribe or log in to continue.