Family Drug Treatment Courts


This 5-year project focuses on Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC) program, 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.

The ICFW team is conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of the FDTC program. Qualitative data are being gathered from participants and staff to gain insights into the benefits and challenges of program participation, potential service gaps, facilitators and barriers to client engagement, and the program’s influence on cross-system collaboration. Quantitative analyses of archival data are being used for program performance monitoring and assessment of change in caregiver substance use as well as child safety, permanence and well-being. Results and inferences will be shared with local FDTC stakeholders to stimulate program development and continuous quality improvement.


ICFW Team:
Amber Krushas
Joshua Mersky
Jenna Nitkowski
Tajammal Yasin


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Duke Endowment

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Milwaukee County Children’s Court
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
Wraparound Milwaukee
Meta House
United Community Center
2nd Century
Milwaukee Women’s Center
Sojourner Family Peace Center
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee


Consultation and Technical Support:
Children and Family Futures

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