Dunn County has received nearly $900,000 from the federal government to enhance services it offers through its Family Treatment Court.
“This additional money will allow us to increase the services that are available for families through our Family Treatment Court,” said Sara Benedict, criminal justice director for the county’s Criminal Justice Collaboration Division. “This is an important development for our program.”
The county recently learned that a three-year grant for $896,784 had been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The term of the grant is Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2026.
The Family Treatment Court serves individuals who are at risk of having their children removed due to child abuse or neglect, when alcohol or other substances contributed to the allegations. Parents who participate in the program receive substance use treatment, mental health services, are tested for drug and alcohol use, regularly meet with a Family Treatment Court team, attend court hearings and participate in other services as necessary.
Benedict said the federal grant will allow the county to take these and other services to the next level.