On June 17, 2016, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Angela Ordonez and Commissioner of Probation Edward Dolan attended the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth’s first Family Drug Court.
On June 17, 2016, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Angela Ordonez and Commissioner of Probation Edward Dolan attended the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth’s first Family Drug Court. The ceremony was held at Greenfield Community College and the court will be operated through the Franklin County Probate and Family Court. The opening of this court looks to address the growing problem of opioid addiction in Western Mass, and will help families deal with custody and parenting cases in which substance abuse is an issue. This is a voluntary program, and it will hopefully be received well by the community. It is possible that if this program is successful, other similar Drug Courts will be established in counties further east. For counties that do not have a Drug Court, parties are still encouraged to address issues of substance abuse through their local Probate and Family Courts. It is especially important to note that a parent could be found guilty of neglect by the Department of Children and Families if they do not take affirmative steps towards ensuring the safety of their child from a parent with substance abuse. As such, if a parent suspects drug abuse by their partner or child’s other parent, it is imperative that it be addressed as soon as possible.
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