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Family Dependency Drug Court

The mission of the Family Dependency Drug Court is to treat substance abuse addiction through an intense and concentrated program to preserve families and protect children. This is achieved through court-based collaboration and an integrated service delivery system for the parents of children who have come to the attention of the court on matters of abuse and neglect. A drug court team, including the Judge, Guardian Ad Litem, Assistant Attorney General, parent defense counsel, DCFS drug court specialist, Salt Lake County substance abuse specialist, and the court's drug court coordinator, collaborate to monitor compliance with treatment and court ordered requirements. Each participant completes a drug and alcohol assessment, is placed in treatment based on the findings of the assessment, and submits to frequent random drug screens. The judge and team review the parent's progress every two weeks; the average length of time in the program is approximately 11 months. The court applies sanctions and incentives as appropriate, based on the compliance, performance, and progress of the parent. The goal of the Family Dependency Drug Court is to provide timely permanency for children in a safe and drug-free environment.

For more information please contact: (801) 238-7860

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 1/27/2010
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