Riverside – Family Preservation Court (FPC) (CAM)

 

The Riverside County Family Preservation Court (FPC) received a CAM grant to expand and enhance family services within the existing drug court program. The service enhancement involves the addition of home visitation services for all families with children 0-5, an educational liaison for all school-aged children, Public Health Nurses (PHN) for all children, the Fathers Time program for all fathers, peer support groups and other supportive community services. These enhanced comprehensive range of services to 150 currently enrolled children and 60 currently enrolled parents identified with methamphetamine (meth) issues. The service expansion includes staffing to support 1288 newly enrolled children and 515 newly enrolled parents, for a total of 1438 children and 575 parents over the four-year grant period.     The evaluation assesses the impact of program participation on parental involvement and engagement in substance abuse treatment, child placement outcomes, and family functioning. Specific adult performance measures include access to treatment, retention in treatment, substance use, supportive services assessed and initiated, employment status, criminal behaviors, and mental health status.  The evaluation utilizes a comparison group of standard practice Dependency Court Cases to assess the impact of the intervention.  Unique identifiers link parents and children in the database, as well as to established instrumentation such as the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS).
A comprehensive process evaluation, parent focus groups, program fidelity measures, and the Collaborative Values Inventory (CVI) ensure that program strengths and weaknesses are continually assessed and findings are reported to the FPC Steering Committee on an ongoing basis. CFF also supports FPC through cost analyses, development of marketing documents and presentations to stakeholders, and ongoing sustainability planning.