Sacramento County Family Treatment Courts Evaluation

Prepared for: County of Sacramento Department of Health & Human Services

Dependency Family Treatment Court (DFTC) and Early Intervention Family Treatment Court (EIFTC)

Sacramento County has implemented collaborative family treatment courts since 2001. The Sacramento County Family Treatment Courts (SCFTC) include a mandatory Dependency Family Treatment Court (DFTC) and a voluntary Early Intervention Family Treatment Court (EIFTC).

The county contracted with CFF to evaluate its FTC programs. CFF’s plan includes process evaluation activities designed to assess the program efficacy of DFTC and EIFTC — and an outcome evaluation to investigate the effects of participation in the FTC programs on child permanency and safety, as well as parental involvement and engagement in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.

A unique feature of this evaluation is the wealth of information collected through our longstanding relationship with Sacramento. This allows us to examine long-term outcomes of families who have participated in the county’s FTC programs.

In 2019 the SCFTC program received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to provide the following programs:

  • Recovery Opportunities Open for Men (ROOM) for Dads — offering gender-specific, trauma-informed SUD treatment for fathers.
  • Recovery Housing for Moms — providing recovery housing support services for mothers and their children.

CFF also evaluates the 2019-funded SAMHSA grant programs. The evaluation includes a process component measuring the program’s context; as well as an outcome component studying the effects of participation in the interventions on child permanency and safety, parent involvement and engagement in SUD treatment, and family functioning and well-being. A unique feature of this evaluation is that it is an evaluation of a sub-set of families included in the evaluation of Sacramento’s overall FTC programming.