Family treatment drug courts

Program basics

  • Provide substance abuse testing, judicial monitoring, and support services to parents of children in the child welfare system, with the goal of helping parents create safe environments for their children and ultimately retain custody
  • Additional services or programming (for example, individualized multidimensional family therapy, peer mentoring) may enhance benefits

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)


Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Target population

At-risk youth

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Boosts family reunification and treatment of substance abuse
  • May also improve family functioning

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Multi-dimensional family therapy and other intensive strategies to increase family engagement can increase the likelihood of family reunification.
  • Treatment plans should consider the specific needs of each family member in the household. Administering bodies should be prepared to provide an array of resources and support to each individual.

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