A National Symposium to Improve
Family Recovery, Safety and Stability



It was a pleasure seeing many of you in Anaheim, CA for the Family Drug Courts: A National Symposium to Improve Family Recovery, Safety and Stability. We hope that the Symposium provided you with an opportunity to come together and engage in meaningful discussions, share ideas and resources and to be a part of the peer-to-peer learning experience!

With more than 400 attendees, the Symposium featured 5 plenary sessions, 23 workshops and 7 facilitated breakout sessions by discipline. If you were unable to attend the National Symposium, you can access all workshop materials by clicking here and plenary materials by clicking here.


To review our full presenters line-up click here.

Symposium Overview

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), hosted a National Symposium for Family Drug Court (FDC) professionals. The purpose of the symposium was to engage a wide range of FDC professionals in discussion of FDC practices, research and policy.


Symposium focus

The Symposium provided an opportunity for professionals working in or with Family Drug Courts to hear and exchange information concerning:

  • Policy, program strategies and advanced practices for family drug courts including: eligibility, screening, assessment, engagement and retention; continuing judicial supervision and ethical considerations; drug testing; collaborative and system issues; program design and models; research, data collection and program evaluation; and funding and sustainability.
  • Program strategies to address the needs of children, including services for substance exposed infants and their families and specialized services for young children, youth and adolescents;
  • Effective treatment services focusing on providing services that are gender specific, culturally competent, trauma informed, and family focused with an emphasis on recovery support services and aftercare.
  • Bringing together family drug court professionals and teams looking to enhance or expand their programs, including: child welfare staff and administrators; substance abuse treatment staff and managers; juvenile and family court judges and attorneys, drug court coordinators, prosecutors, and probation officers; prevention specialists; maternal and child health professionals; researchers; and Tribal community members.