The grant funding will also increase the court’s capacity to assess at-risk youth, allowing it to look into treatment options for young people with substance use disorders.
“The drug problem is pervasive throughout the country, and Ohio certainly hasn’t escaped that,” Lancaster said.
The funding also extends to bolstering the youth treatment program’s capacity to partner with short-term respite services for families.
Lancaster said that when kids are coming into the juvenile court with substance use disorders, parents often voice frustration and difficulty over managing certain behaviors their child is displaying. What the court doesn’t want is a disruption in the family, she said.
“When you have a child who is addicted, it can be very stressful on the family,” Lancaster said. “So giving the family the ability, rather than placing them in a detention facility, to place them in a respite facility, so their needs can be met for a weekend. Family can get a break, youth can get a break.”
The Board of Commissioners of Clark County accepted a grant agreement for the funding at its Nov. 17 meeting.