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Onondaga County Family Court


Treatment Court

Hon. Michael Hanuszczak - Presiding Judge
Kim Kozlowski, MS - Project Director
Terri Gooley, BS, CASAC - Resource Coordinator

Family Court
Onondaga County Courthouse, Room 114
401 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
315-671-2802
315-671-2745 (fax)

The Family Treatment Court is a special part of Onondaga County Family Court designed to help families stay together by providing intensive Case Management services. The primary focus of the court is to assist participants in addressing substance abuse and other issues which may prevent them from parenting their children. This is achieved by making appropriate referrals to chemical dependency services. The court will monitor all participants through regular court appearances and case management contact. This includes regular contact with their children.

We hope that by working together, the Family Treatment Court can help break the cycle of addiction and build a better life for families in Onondaga County.

Participation in Family Treatment Court is 12-18 months. During this time the court and the Resource Coordinator will monitor participants progress and assist them in meeting program goals. Upon completion of the phases of treatment and other treatment court requirements participants will be eligible for graduation.

Benefits of the Family Treatment Court:

  • The Resource Coordinator will assess needs and provide guidance throughout the entire court process..
  • Participants will be linked to an appropriate treatment program, parenting skills workshops and other services as needed.
  • Participants will receive ongoing support and assistance to stay connected to their children if they are in foster care or if they remain in the home.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to increase visitation with their children as they establish sobriety and become more stable in treatment.
  • Participants will receive ongoing support to achieve long term sobriety.
  • Special support groups with other parents addressing the same issues will be available.
  • Participants will be linked to health care, educational, and vocational training and other services.
  • Participants and their families will have the opportunity to participate in family group conferences and work together towards reunification.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a new neglect petition pending.
  • Be evaluated by the Family Treatment Court staff.
  • Admission to neglect petition.

 

If interested in an assessment, contact Resource Coordinator, Terri Gooley.