Thursday the Justice Systems Budget subcommittee heard from the Judicial Branch regarding the Family Treatment Courts that Chief Justice Cady spoke about in his speech.

These courts come into play when CINA (child in need of assistance) proceedings are taking place (the parent is at risk of losing custody of their child/children), and the goal is to reunite that family.  The courts gave stats from the six pilot counties which showed that of the 496 families served: 94% of the children did not suffer a recurrence of maltreatment, 76% of the children were able to remain in the custody of their parent or caregiver, 79% of the children were returned within 12 months of removal from their home, and parents are admitted to the substance abuse treatment earlier and remain in treatment almost four times longer.