Ensuring Effective and Quality Drug Treatment in FDCs

September 26, 2012
Pamela Baston
Judge Nicolette Pach
Theresa Lemus

The collaborative model of the Family Drug Court requires shared common understandings across systems including the judicial system and laws as they pertain to FDC families, the mandates, programs and policies of the child welfare system, and the dynamics of addiction and recovery. This webinar will focus on building a shared understanding of what is considered effective drug treatment, as well as the role of the collective FDC team and individual members, to ensure its delivery to participating families. This presentation will highlight the importance of continuous training and cross-training of practitioners, including the Judge, court personnel, attorneys, CWS and AOD staff, and partners whose work touches the lives of participating families.  


The webinar will address some of these key questions:

  • What are the key components of effective drug treatment based on scientific research and clinical practice?
  • What are the roles of the various FDC professionals, including the judge and attorneys, in ensuring that participating families are receiving effective and high quality treatment? 
  • Why are clear FDC eligibility criteria, accurate AOD assessments, and guidelines for level of care determination important in ensuring effective treatment?  What are the key processes and whose responsibility is to conduct screening and assessment and determine level of care?
  • What practical, yet impactful, changes can be made organizationally to help improve client engagement and retention in treatment? 
  • What are the key components of ensuring comprehensive data tracking on treatment outcomes?
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