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California, Round 5, March 2009 - January 2011

In collaboration with county representatives, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), Children and Family Services Division Department of Social Services and the Center for Families, Children and the Courts Judicial Council of California sought to define a California-specific model for Dependency Drug Courts (DDCs) that would include a prescribed set of core components and be adaptable to any county, regardless of size or location, and a plan for taking DDCs to scale across California. The IDTA team conducted an environmental scan of California DDCs to determine the composition and structure of DDCs and to identify the barriers, opportunities and resources present in each county. The following summarize the major accomplishments and products of the IDTA:

  • Cross System Environmental Scan of Trends in CA DDCs (PDF 1.21 MB) - 21 counties with DDCs completed an on-line survey, which was designed to collect information about local program standards, practices, operations, goals, caseloads and capacity. The survey tool and results of the survey are summarized in this document.
  • California DDC Site Visit Protocol (PDF 344 KB) - Teams representing the project partner agencies conducted site visits to 16 DDCs across the state. This site visit protocol for information gathering was developed and is now used consistently in both ADP and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
  • California First, Families in Recovery Staying Together, Project Summary (PDF 489 KB) - This document summarizes the results of the environmental scan. Results include a number of common themes that impact sustainability and operational efficacy, as well as a wide variety of models, caseloads, capacities, and effectiveness across the state.