Clark County

Clark Circuit Court 4 receives $2.1 million grant to help families

Vicki Carmichael

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – A $2.1 million five-year grant was awarded last week to the Bridge to Success Project, a new family reunification program within the Clark County Family Treatment Drug Court run by Clark Circuit Court Number 4 under Judge Vicki Carmichael.

The grant, awarded May 25 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow Bridge to Success to serve at least 175 families over the five-year period.

The program provides substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services to parents whose children have been removed or are at risk of having their children removed due to issues with drug and/or alcohol abuse, along with services to the children with the aim of reuniting them as stable, drug-free families.

Two caseworkers will be added to the Family Treatment Drug Court under the grant to expand its services through Bridge to Success. Judge Carmichael, who founded the drug court in 2011 said, “This is one way that we can help break the cycle of addiction and broken families; and the grant means we can do it at little or no cost to Clark County taxpayers.”

“We have operated this program with only one County-paid employee for the past seven years, and this will allow us to offer much needed services for so many more families and children in Clark County.”

Many of those services are provided in Louisville.

“Substance use disorder knows no georgraphic boundaries, and we are happy to partner with our friends across the river to help address this crisis,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Program participants receive a wide range of services while being held accountable to take advantage of the opportunities to help their families heal, recover and be reunited.

Participants have weekly courtroom updates with the judge in a system of collaboration with the Indiana Department of Child Services along with treatment and counseling professionals. “This holistic approach increases the likelihood that drug offenders will transform as contributing members of society and positive models for their children for overcoming problems,” Judge Carmichael said.

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