Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC)


October 2017- September 2022

This 5-year project focused on Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC), which is a voluntary program that provides substance abuse treatment and family support services to parents or guardians whose substance use disorder is a safety concern that results in the removal of the children from their care.

With funding from SAMHSA as well as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Duke Endowment, the ICFW team conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of the FDTC program. Information gathered from program participants, staff, and key stakeholders were evaluated and shared with project partners to facilitate program performance monitoring and continuous quality improvement.

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FDTC Publications

Romain Dagenhardt, D., Richards, J.,* Liu, X.,* & Mersky, J. P. (2023). Family treatment courts and the COVID-19 pandemic: Barriers and facilitators to program implementation, client engagement, and recovery. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 

Mersky, J., Lee, C. P., Liu, X., & Janczewski, C. (2023). Impact of a family treatment court on child permanency and safety. Child Abuse & Neglect, 146, 106512.


Allison Amphlett
Joshua Mersky
Danielle Romain Dagenhardt


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Duke Endowment

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Milwaukee County Children’s Court

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Children and Family Futures

All Child & Family Well-Being