The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) awarded the Charles County Circuit Court a grant totaling $98,554 to prevent heroin/opioid misuse. The funds will support the Family Recovery Court (FRC) program, which assists families needing services due to parental substance abuse. The grant will fund Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), and short- and long-term residential treatment.

“I am pleased the Circuit Court was awarded the GOCCP grant to fight the heroin/opioid epidemic. This funding will provide second chances to parents and their families,” said Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4).

“The Circuit Court is excited about the opportunities presented by the new grant funding.  The Family Recovery Court provides intensive services to parents who are trying to overcome addiction.  Services are also extended to support their families and children.  We look forward to using the grant funding to reach even more families and help them become more stable and healthy,” said Circuit Court and the Family Recovery Court Judge Helen I. Harrington.

The FRC began operating in October 2010. The FRC has served 305 individuals, including 110 parents and 195 children. More than half of active FRC participants are opioid dependent and have a higher need for inpatient treatment and MAT. The FRC uses a holistic approach to support parents and families through consistent monitoring, intensive treatment, referrals to ancillary services, and collaborative efforts of a drug court team. The FRC program is an intensive case management program. Typically, it takes approximately 18 months for clients to successfully graduate from the program.

In addition to the GOCCP award, the FRC received grant funding from the Office of Problem Solving Courts via the Maryland Judiciary and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more information about the FRC, contact Jennifer Murphy by email at or by phone at 301-932-3426.  For more information about the GOCCP, visit Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.