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NCJ Number: NCJ 241007     Find in a Library
Title: Jackson County Community Family Court Process, Outcome, and Cost Evaluation Final Report
Corporate Author: NPC Research, Inc.
United States of America
Project Director: Scott W. M. Burrus, Ph.D.
Date Published: 06/2012
Page Count: 99
Sponsoring Agency: Oregon Criminal Justice Cmssn
United States of America
Sale Source: Oregon Criminal Justice Cmssn
885 Summer St NE
Salem, OR 97310
United States of America
Document: PDF PDF 
Type: Program/Project Description ; Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This reports presents the findings and methodology of a process, outcome, and cost evaluation for the Jackson County (Oregon) Community Family Court (CFC), which processes parents with admitted substance abuse allegations whose children are wards of the court.
Abstract: The process evaluation shows that the CFC was successfully implemented within the guidelines of the 10 key components of a drug court. The CFC team includes representatives from a range of collaborating agencies and has one central agency that coordinates treatment. The CFC offers specialized services to program participants that include a drug-use monitoring system. The judges have frequent and consistent contact with program participants and maintain individual caseloads so that each participant is assigned to one judge. The results of the outcome evaluation of the CFC program were positive. Compared to child welfare-involved parents who experienced traditional family court processes, the CFC program parents, regardless of whether or not they graduated from the program, spent nearly twice as long in treatment and were almost twice as likely to complete treatment. CFC parents’ children spent 257 fewer days in foster care in the 4 years after entry into CFC. CFC parents had fewer terminations of parental rights and were re-arrested nearly half as often for any charge compared with parents processed in traditional family court. CFC parents had 33 percent fewer re-arrests on drug charges over 4 years compared to parents processed in traditional family court. Overall, the CFC has resulted in significant cost savings and a return on taxpayers’ investment in the program. The program investment cost is $12,147 (including treatment) per CFC participant, which is a savings of $5,593 per participant compared to parents processed in a traditional family court. 12 tables, 9 figures, 25 references, and appended list of possible program responses, including rewards and sanctions
Main Term(s): Family courts
Index Term(s): Cost effectiveness analysis ; Drug treatment ; Services effectiveness ; Case processing ; Children of drug abusers ; Drug Courts ; Treatment effectiveness ; Oregon
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