Family Recovery Court
About the Family Recovery Court
Williamson County’s Family Recovery Court (FRC) is an alternative to the traditional processing of CPS cases involving moderate to severe substance abuse. The FRC centers on a collaborative court model that facilitates work between the court system and community partners in cases where substance abuse has led to the removal of a child from their home. Parents who are ready to embrace meaningful life change, the court system, and community partners work in concert toward the common goal of a healthy and permanent reunification of the family.
The Bridge Model
The FRC reunifies the family by utilizing a three-phase service plan known as the Bridge Model. The three phases of the model are designed to transfer trust between participants by providing the family with clear goals and objectives, addressing the individual needs of each family member and the family as a whole, and creating a cohesive and collaborative relationship between members of the FRC team.
Phase 1: Treatment
Accurate drug evaluation
|Identification of triggers
Phase 2: Counseling
|Meaningful psychological/psychiatric assessment
|Individually tailored counseling
|Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
|Ongoing substance abuse counseling
|Protective Parenting classes
|Building Intentional family
Phase 3: Reunification
|Parent support groups
|Continued trauma counseling
|Continued sobriety practices
|Relapse prevention planning
The Family Recovery Court is focused on providing early access to treatment and support by a trauma-informed team through a non-adversarial approach. The goal is to provide an alternative approach to Child Welfare (CPS) cases and to support the healthy reunification of families in our community.
Answer the following:
1. Is the primary concern parental drug use or dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness?
2. Do the parents acknowledge their drug problem?
3. Is there a need for intensive services (i.e., in-patient treatment, regular drug testing, wrap-around services)?
4. Have the parents asked for help, or are they willing to accept help?
If you can answer yes to the previous questions, we may be able to help. Read on for more information on the criteria for participation and the application/selection process.
The FRC is focused on parents with a moderate to severe substance use disorder, including those needing intensive services to maintain sobriety (i.e., in-patient treatment, regular drug testing, wrap-around services). The parents must be motivated to change or at least understand their substance use is a problem. The program is NOT designed for cases involving sexual or physical abuse perpetrated against children.
The Family Recovery Court is an example of what happens when public sector collaborates with community partners to promote success. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team that goes beyond court and traditional government agencies, and includes private and not-for-profit organizations. All of our partners work alongside us toward the shared objective of supporting parents so that they can permanently bring their children back into a healthy home. Our team includes inpatient treatment providers, counselors, occupational therapists, parent coaches, parent educators, housing providers, and academics, all of whom are helping us develop the Bridge Model.
|UT Arlington School of Social Work