Reno Family Drug Court

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Reno Family Drug Court has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Parents whose children have been placed within the child welfare system, due to child abuse and/or neglect related to substance abuse

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

The Reno Family Drug Court created in 1994, was the first family drug court in the United States. Through a collaborative effort, the Reno Family Drug Court seeks to ensure children have a safe and nurturing environment by focusing on both healthy and sober parenting and permanency planning through family reunification.

The Reno Family Drug Court deals primarily with poly-substance abuse issues and works with a high percentage of co-occurring disorders that are mental health related.

Program Goals:

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Essential Components

The essential components of Reno Family Drug Court include:

  • Alcohol and other drug treatment services integrated with justice system case processing
  • The prosecution and defense council promote public safety while protecting parent's due process rights by using a non-adversarial approach
  • Parent provided access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services
  • Abstinence monitored by conducting random alcohol or drug tests twice a week
  • Parent attends both the substance abuse treatment program and the child welfare case plan appointments as scheduled and appears before the Reno Family Drug Court Judge every other week; bi-monthly written reports provided to the Court for each participant
  • Two provider agencies provide a continuum of inpatient and outpatient services; individualized treatment which may include individual and group counseling, parenting education, vocational rehabilitation, assistance with job searches, and housing; mental health assessments and evaluations for the children ordered and the children's progress with treatment monitored by court.
  • Partnerships exist among Reno Family Drug Courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations to enhance the Reno Family Drug Court program

Child/Adolescent Services

Reno Family Drug Court directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Mental health issues

Parent/Caregiver Services

Reno Family Drug Court directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parental substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues

Delivery Settings

Not Specified

Homework

Reno Family Drug Court includes a homework component:

Homework is assigned on a case-by-case basis, usually as a sanction for relapse or lack of compliance with treatment.

Languages

Reno Family Drug Court does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • A room to hold the multi-disciplinary staffing session prior to court.

Minimum Provider Qualifications

There are a variety of treatment professionals and social workers involved in the program, both at the Bachelor's and Master's levels. Interns are also utilized. The program Judge is assigned by the presiding Judge based on experience and interest.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    www.ncjfcj.org
Training is obtained:

The training is typically provided in a host city or Reno, with visits to the Reno program for observation and meetings with the Reno program team.

Number of days/hours:

Training is periodically available in different lengths of time depending upon available funding.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Reno Family Drug Court.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Reno Family Drug Court.

Contact Information

Name: James Popovich
Website: www.washoecourts.com/index.cfm?page=specialty#
Email:
Phone: (775) 325-6769
Fax: (775) 328-3131

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2006

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2006