Family Treatment Court (FTC)

Probation Services

Under the leadership of Judge Helen Wallace, Family Treatment Court (FTC) is a collaborative program between Montgomery County Juvenile Court and Montgomery County Job and Family Services Child Welfare Division. The program was created in 2016 as the County’s response to the devastation of the Opioid epidemic that crippled the Miami Valley. FTC specializes in servicing families who are involved with Children Services and suffering from a Substance Abuse Disorder. The primary focus of the program is to reduce the amount of days that children are in out of home placement by providing judicial oversight, intensive case management and identifying and removing barriers to providing a safe and stable home for their children.

Since 2016, FTC has been awarded federal grants from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for $600,000 and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for 2.1 million dollars. We have also received State funding from The Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), and our program participants are eligible to receive assistance from Addiction Treatment Program (ATP) funds. These funding opportunities have not only assisted with the implementation of the program, but also the ability to enhance services. In 2017, FTC implemented Family Functional Therapy-Child Welfare (FFT-CW) which is a strength-based, evidence-based, family focused prevention and intervention model that has been adapted to meet the complex needs of children and families with a documented history of abuse and neglect.

The most valuable asset to the Family Treatment Court program is the strength of the collaborative relationships with community partners. In addition to Children Services FTC has established relationships with; South Community Inc., Recovery Works Healing Center, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Addiction Services, Mahajan Therapeutics, Brigid’s Path, Artemis, Miami Valley Child Development Center, Greater Dayton Premiere Management, and NOVA Behavioral.

Beth Dostal