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El Paso County Family drug court accredited by state 

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El Paso County's Family Treatment Drug Court is the first such program to have been officially accredited by the State Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee, the county Department of Human Services announced.

The court offers intensive in-home services — such as parenting lesson and substance use treatment —to help families become self-sufficient, with the goal of diverting children involved in child protection cases from foster care.

Accreditation means the program is now eligible for training and technical assistance, and may be prioritized for additional resources.

The Fourth Judicial District's family drug court is led by Magistrate Jami Vigil, in collaboration with court clerks, the Department of Human Services, El Paso County attorneys, Guardian ad Litem Office, Respondent Parents' Counsel and nonprofit Savio House.

"The individuals here have been phenomenally dedicated to the program," Vigil said in a statement. "That dedication is why we were the first accredited program in the state."

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