Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

NCMHJJ Family-Engagement-TABThis technical assistance brief from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was informed by a nationwide survey of professionals at juvenile drug treatment courts, juvenile mental health courts, and hybrid juvenile treatment courts to learn about attitudes and practices related to family engagement. Survey results helped shape the comprehensive set of family engagement recommendations offered in the brief, as well as a self-evaluation tool. Research has shown that family engagement during a youth’s time in the juvenile justice system helps to improve outcomes across behavioral health, education, and delinquency.