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New court to focus on addiction within families

June 19, 2016

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The first family drug court in Massachusetts is up and running in Greenfield.

The specialized court, operated through the Franklin County Probate and Family Court, is part of an effort to deal with the region’s opioid addiction crisis. Officials say the program offers a new approach for helping parents overcome substance abuse.

The family drug court was formally launched last week. It will be available to any parent whose addiction hurts their ability to raise children or threatens custody of their children.

Massachusetts has more than two dozen drug courts but this is the first focused on the specific needs of families.

Parents could be referred for mental health treatment and other medical care or provided with help securing housing and employment. Children could also receive services, including trauma assessments.

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