Sacramento County Family Treatment Drug Courts Evaluation
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 wellbeing. 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.
ROOM for Dads Program
In October, 2015 Sacramento was awarded a grant to provide increased access to enhanced outpatient treatment (including evening services) and trauma-based services for fathers in Sacramento’s larger FDC programs (DDC, EIFDC, and CIF).
ROOM for Dads is a six month intensive outpatient treatment program offered in the evening. The project proposes to enhance gaps in treatment services to better meet the needs of fathers/males participating in the Sacramento County FDCs. The overall goals of ROOM for Dads are to improve engagement and retention in Sacramento’s FDCs, increase reunification rates, reduce re-entry into OOHC, reduce recurrence of child maltreatment, and improve family functioning.
CFF was included in the proposed grant to SAMHSA as the evaluator of the ROOM for Dads program. The evaluation includes a process evaluation component which measures the context of the program and the effect of changes in experience, staffing and budget on the program. The evaluation also includes an outcome evaluation to determine the effectiveness and impact of ROOM for Dads on family 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 FDC Programming.