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Family Treatment Drug Courts

FTDCs, alternatively known as dependency drug courts or family drug courts, use a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to serve families who require substance use disorder treatment and who are involved with the child welfare system. Well-functioning FTDCs bring together substance use disorder treatment, child welfare services, mental health, and social services agencies in a non-adversarial approach. FTDCs seek to provide safe environments for children, intensive judicial monitoring, and interventions to treat parents’ substance use disorders and other co-occurring risk factors. FTDC outcomes include higher rates of participation and longer stays in substance use disorder treatment, family reunification, and less time for children in foster care.

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