The Family Connection sites of Towns, Union, Lumpkin, and White, in partnership with the Enotah Juvenile Court received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Children and Families in the amount of $100,000. The goal of the grant is to reduce felony commitments and Short Term Programs in the Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) by 20% among youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The grant is currently funding the Enotah Juvenile Family Therapy Program, an intensive 4-6 month therapeutic approach that follows the Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) model. Also incorporated into this court-ordered program is the Botvin Life Skills Reality Matters curriculum and the Botvin Life Skills Parenting program.
A therapist and case manager team work with the teens and their families in Towns and Union counties and an additional therapist and case manager team work in White and Lumpkin. The MDFT model stresses the removal of extra-familial barriers to treatment and encourages the fostering of relationships between the therapist and case manager and the schools, courts, and other community agencies.