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Project Description

  • Develop and Implement two new Family Drug Courts - one in Pocatello and one in Boise;
  • Further develop system collaborations and improvements with project stakeholders who include Idaho Single State Authority for Substance Abuse, the Idaho Child Protection program, the Idaho Mental Health program, the Idaho Supreme Court, Road to Recovery a not-for-profit treatment provider, the Idaho State University and the Idaho Statewide Child Protection/Court Improvement Committee;
  • Expand evidence-based practice substance abuse treatment programs for families served under the project;
  • Evaluate the program for further expansion in other areas of the State of Idaho;
  • In reaching the goals and objectives of this project, we anticipate serving 65 families each year.

Target Population

Improving Positive Outcomes for Children through Family Drug Court targeted:

  • Children who are in an out-of-home placement, in Idaho’s Regions four and six, due to methamphetamine or other substance abuse by a parent/caretaker.

Major Project Goals

  • Enhance the well-being of children receiving services or taking part in activities conducted with funds provided under the grant;
  • Lead to safety and permanence for such children, and decrease the number of out-of-home placements for children, or the number of children who are at risk of being placed in an out-of-home placement, in the partnership region.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Intensive/Coordinated Case Management
  • Family Group Decision Making/Family Case Conferencing

Parenting/Family Strengthening

  • Evidence-Based Parenting or Family Strengthening Program - Strengthening Families Program

Visitation Services

  • Supportive Supervised Visitation

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults

  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care/Recovery Community Support Services

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies - Motivational Interviewing/Moral Recognition Therapy
  • Peer/Parent Mentor
  • Co-located of Staff

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

  • Prevention Education
  • Alternative Activities
  • Community-Based Process

Screening and Assessment – Child Welfare and Other Children’s Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Child Welfare Issues
  • Other Specialized Child Screening and Assessment – Developmental, Mental Health/Psychological

Screening and Assessment – Substance Use and Other Adult Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders
  • Other Specialized Adult Screening and Assessment

Children’s Services

  • Early Intervention

Cross-Systems/Interagency Collaboration

  • Clinical and Program Training
  • Cross-systems Policies and Procedures
  • Regular Joint Case Staffing Meetings
  • Co-location of Staff
  • Cross-systems Information Sharing and Data Analysis
  • Partner Meetings

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The Improving Positive Outcomes for Children through Family Drug Court Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • State Child Welfare Agency
  • Regional/ County Child Welfare Agency

Substance Abuse

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Agency/Provider(s)


  • Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC)
  • Office State Courts Admin
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • State Corrections
  • Drug Endangered Children (DEC)
  • Legal Services/Client Advocacy

Health Services

  • Regional/ County Mental Health Agency
  • Mental Health Services Providers


  • State/County Housing Agency
  • Housing/Homeless Services Provider


  • Early Childhood Council/Coalition
  • Parenting Education /Services Provider


  • State/County Employment Agency
  • State/ County Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Welfare Office
  • Employment Services Provider

Other Community and Child and Family Services

  • Home Visiting Agency/ Services Provider
  • Other Child/ Family Services Provider
  • Church/faith-based Org

Other Evaluation and Training

  • Evaluator (University or Affiliated)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Sustainability Status

The FACS Child Protection program will continue to receive funding for substance abuse and mental health services through the state’s general funds allocated to substance abuse treatment managed by the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH). Currently the DBH provides funds of $750,000 each year for FACS to be able to refer parents involved in the child protection program for a substance abuse assessment and treatment services if needed. This money has historically been spent down at a rate of 100% each year. While this has been sufficient in providing assistance to parents not involved in the Child Protection Drug Court, DBH cannot continue to fund FDC for this population as of July 2013.

Fortunately the ISC will be able to continue funding the FDC for this population through their allocation of state funds. The ISC is in the preliminary stages of planning for expansion of the Child Protection Drug Courts as well but with initial limited capacity as a pilot in other regions. The following treatment and recovery support services will continue to be funded in the current FDC programs:

  • Intensive outpatient counseling
  • Residential treatment
  • Case management
  • Transportation
  • Safe and sober housing
  • Child care
  • Drug testing

In addition to these services, the FACS substance abuse liaisons will continue to work collaboratively with Child Protection Drug Court coordinators to ensure that appropriate clients continue to be referred to the FDC. FACS and ISC will continue to meet at least quarterly and further improve this partnership. DBH will continue to be a stakeholder and will participate in meetings as needed to facilitate continued cooperation between ISC and FACS.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Ada County; Congressional District 1 and 2
  • Federal Grant:
    $1 million/5 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
    Quasi-experimental, Same-Time, Matched Population-Level and Usual Child Welfare/ Substance Abuse Services
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 284
    Adults: 173
    Families: 131
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