November 14, 2019
The Family Drug Court Treatment Act was passed by the West Virginia Legislature in March of 2019. This Act gives the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals the authority to implement Family Treatment Court pilot programs in four circuits. The Supreme Court has designated Randolph County (2oth Circuit) as well as Boone County (25th Circuit) and Ohio County (1st Circuit) as the first three Circuit Courts to initiate programs. The pilot programs are designed to provide structure and accountability to aid in the recovery of parents with substance use disorder in order to keep custody of their children.
Circuit Judge David Wilmoth will oversee the Family Treatment Court in Randolph County. The initial group will include twenty participants. It will not require that the parents be in an abuse and neglect proceeding. The goal of the program is to connect participants with services in child rearing, nutrition, and physical activity as well as drug treatment and mental health treatment. The program is partially funded by a $900,000 grant from the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Drug Control Policy.
Anyone interested in participating in the program may contact Judge Wilmoth’s office at 304-636-3815.