Budget & Sustainability / Conducting a Cost Analysis

October 19, 2011
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
Phil Breitenbucher, M.S.W.
Nancy K. Young, Ph.D.

As Family Drug Courts rapidly increase in number and visibility, few take sustainability into consideration when developing a program and even fewer engage in sustainability planning. Sustainability has been affected by the budget crisis in states as well as the overall economic climate. This webinar will provide a general overview of barriers and challenges to long-term sustainability often encountered by Family Drug Courts (FDCs). Discussion will center on strategies to fine tune sustainability efforts in increasing funding flexibility, maximizing revenues and optimizing the efficiency of existing resources. This webinar will include a case study to review the experience of an FDC that has incorporated sustainability planning into the overall strategic plan and share lessons learned from that experience. Participants will gain knowledge of the importance of strong collaborative relationships; engagement of key stakeholders, particularly State Leadership; promoting awareness and communicating results and outcomes; making sustainability an explicit program objective; and having a designated body or structure (e.g., task force, subcommittee) to focus on sustainability. This webinar will also review cost analysis models.  Participants will achieve greater awareness of the different levels of cost analysis, specifically in terms of the essential ingredients necessary for this analysis.  Participants will also enhance their knowledge about this particular method in achieving sustainability of their programs.