Riverside Veteran Focus – Family Preservation Court (FPC) (SAMHSA)


The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside (court) received a three year grant for the purpose of enhancing and expanding the existing Family Preservation Court (FPC) program. Enhancements include identifying, screening, assessing and treating families affected by substance abuse and trauma; identifying and providing services to veteran families within the court system; and increasing the overall capacity of this Family Drug Court model to serve an additional 200 families over the three 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 GPRA measure, the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS).