Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for successful engagement of families in the juvenile drug treatment court process based on the results of a nationwide survey of professionals with youth-serving drug treatment courts, mental health courts, and hybrid courts.

The key findings of the survey—which measured court practices and staff perceptions related to family engagement—are presented in this brief, along with essential information on substance use and addiction among young people. Finally, this brief offers a self-evaluation tool to assess a court’s current practices and descriptions of two juvenile drug treatment courts that demonstrate a strong commitment to family engagement.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

This resource should be viewed as a reference document. It has not been updated since its publication. In addition, this document has not been made 508 compliant. If you would like a 508 compliant version of this document, please email communications@prainc.com.

This resource was first shared in 2017.

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