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Guidance to states: Recommendations for developing family drug court guidelines

Young, N.K., Breitenbucher, P., and Pfeifer, J. – 2013

Guidance for states on the implementation of family drug courts. Provides ten recommendations on the collaborative implementation of FDCs. The recommendations are: create a shared mission and vision; develop interagency partnerships; create effective communication protocols for sharing information; ensure cross-system knowledge; develop an early identification and assessment process; address the needs of parents; address the needs of children; garner community support; implement funding and sustainability strategies; and evaluate shared outcomes to ensure accountability. Each recommendation section includes a description, research findings, and a list of effective strategies. Appendices include additional information on collaboration, a detailed facilitator’s guide to collaboration and implementation (with sample forms and worksheets), and a breakdown of evidence-based research for each of the recommended strategies.