Family treatment drug courts

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help prevent violence. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • 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

Evidence and impacts


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

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

Best practices in 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.