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About Us

A Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Team

FDTC:PIR  brings together a large coalition of public agencies and community service providers who cooperatively provide a flexible, comprehensive continuum of services to parents, children, and families who are involved in the state child welfare system as a result of drug and/or alcohol use disorder.

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Our Team

The FDTC: PIR  program is an initiative under the Travis County Model Court for Children and Families, in partnership with the following entities:

  • Travis County Health & Human Services—administrative oversight & support

  • Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Protective Services

  • Austin Recovery—substance abuse treatment program

  • Foundation Communities—housing supports

  • Travis County District Attorney’s Office

  • Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)—child advocates

  • Travis County Court Appointed Family Advocates (CAFA)—parent attorneys

  • The Travis County Office of Child Representation—children’s attorneys

  • Austin Travis County Integral Care—administrative support and children’s therapists

  • Communities for Recovery—peer recovery coaching

  • SAFE—domestic & family violence counseling & supports

  • Manos de Cristo—dental care

  • Austin Oxford Houses—transitional sober living

  • MedSavers Pharmacy—prescription medications

  • PA Prescot Flynn—psychiatry

  • Workforce Solutions–Capital Area—employment programs

  • TSO—optometry

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Best Practices Standard

Best Practice: Organization and Structure -
The FTC has an agreed-upon structure and organizational principles that are supported by research and based on evidence-informed policies, programs and practices. The core programmatic components are defined and documented.

FDTC: PIR has maintained a Charter since 2008, which details structural and organizational principals and confirms a shared mission and vision. The Charter includes 13 partner agencies. Partners provide representation in weekly staffings, as well as bi-monthly Operations Meetings, and quarterly Advisory Team Meetings. Partner staff also meet ongoing, to address case management concerns, strategies for engaging with family, clinical concerns and any other issues that may arise that require multi-system engagement.

Best Practice: Role of the Judge -

The judge works with partners to establish clear roles, mission, and vision. She holds a unique ability to engage leadership in the development, implementation and ongoing operations of the FTC. The judge is a vital part of the operational team, and, most importantly, develops rapport with individual participants.

FDTC: PIR has two Judges. Both Judges work regularly with leaders from partner agencies, participate in pre-court staffing, and have extensive professional training in SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders, trauma-informed treatment, equity, and cultural competency. Both Judges acknowledge the importance and impact of their role and work tirelessly to engage and support the participants.

Best Practice: Ensuring Equity and Inclusion -

The FTC assesses its operations and those of partners for policies and procedures that could contribute to disproportionality and disparities among historically marginalized and other underserved groups. The FTC actively collects and analyzes data to determine if such issues exist in the program, and, if so, implements corrective measures.

FDTC: PIR Advisory is currently reviewing data and policies to understand and address disproportionate access and outcomes among our participants. Additionally, FDTC: PIR is among the Travis County Model Court program initiatives. Specific Model Court Committees have been formed to address Race Equity and Disproportionality, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ issues within the Child Welfare System, as well as Pregnant & Parenting Foster Youth. 

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