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Family Court Support Office

The mission of the Southern Ute Tribal Court-Family Court Support Office is to work with children, youth, and families involved in Court cases requiring assessment, evaluation, referral and/or substance or mental health treatment services. This mission is accomplished by trained mental health professionals, program coordinators and case managers conducting evidence based practices and culturally relevant activities with court ordered or community referred children, youth, and families.

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Justice Center Buffalo – photo Jeremy Wade Shockley | Southern Ute Drum

The Family Court Support Office offers various successful treatment programs and services for Court clients or others:

Juvenile Assessments

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment (all court-involved juveniles)
  • Substance Assessment
  • Beck Combined Inventory
  • Adolescent Resiliency Scales
  • Anger Management Assessment
  • Trauma Assessment

Juvenile Treatment

  • Structural Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents-Trauma and Loss in Children (individual/group court based and school based services at Junior High and High School)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy/Equine Therapy (school based at High School)
  • Anger Management (individual court services)
  • MRT (individual and group court services)
  • Substance Treatment (individual-Personal Journey workbook)
  • Relapse Prevention (individual services)
  • Mental Health Treatment (individual and family)

Adult Assessment/Treatment

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment per court order
  • Substance Assessment (all court-involved adults)
  • Anger Management/Trauma Assessments per court order
  • Substance Treatment
  • Mental Health Treatment for adults per court order or internal referral

Special Advocate Program

  • Child and Family Investigations for custody and guardianship cases
  • Home/foster care/RTC visits to children and their families
  • Direct contact with children and their family members
  • Collateral contact with treatment providers, school personnel, relatives or friends, DSS or Probation staff when involved
  • Written reports with custody/parenting time recommendations to the Court
  • Parenting Coordination between high conflict parents to arrange parenting time/child exchanges
  • Mediation of new parenting agreements

Guardian ad Litem Program

  • Child or adult mental health guardian ad litem for dependency, adult protection, guardianship, and juvenile delinquency cases per court order
  • Home/foster care/RTC visits to children and their families
  • Direct contact with children and their family members
  • Collateral contact with DSS caseworker, treatment providers, school personnel, probation officer
  • Written reports with recommendations to the Court

Mediation Program

  • Juvenile victim/offender mediation
  • Adult victim/Offender mediation
  • Custody, housing, probate mediation
  • Written Parent Agreements for parenting time, custody, or child support submitted to the Court

Referral Program

  • Self or agency referral regarding questions for use of FCSO services
  • Referrals to other agencies/community providers for adjunct services to clients