Supervisor Benoit to Address Family Preservation Court Graduates Friday
INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak to 13 graduates of Riverside County’s Family Preservation Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the jury assembly room of the Larson Justice Center in Indio (46-200 Oasis Street, second floor).
“The Family Preservation Court helps parents recover from substance abuse, keeps families together and children safe, and saves millions of dollars in social services and court costs,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Having seen the tragic effects of drug and alcohol abuse on families, I’m encouraged to see these graduates get the help they need to lead responsible lives free from dependence.”
Family Preservation Court is a one-year minimum, court-supervised substance abuse recovery program using key components of drug court. In 2005, Riverside County became the first in the country to implement a pre-filing dependency drug court. This is accomplished through the implementation of an innovative, comprehensive, and family-centered approach to keep families together prior to the removal of children from their home and filing of the petition with the court. As long as the parents stay engaged with the program a petition is never filed.
With federal grants and state funding, the program has helped save $42 million over three years by reducing dependency petition filings by 48 percent. It has also saved $28 million each year to the county by decreasing children’s services worker case load and foster care costs.
For more information about Friday’s ceremony, please call Pamela Miller, Collaborative Justice Coordinator, at (951) 304-5334.