Kerry Milligan, MSSW
Juvenile/Family Drug Court and Diversion Program Evaluation
LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. was contracted by the Governor’s Division for Substance Abuse Policy (GDSAP) in November 1999 to conduct an evaluation of juvenile and family drug court and diversion programs. These programs were funded by the Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention through grants managed by GDSAP. The evaluation included three juvenile drug court programs, two family drug court programs, and two diversion programs located in Cochise, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma counties.
Drug courts are judicial-led programs that provide ongoing treatment and court supervision of youth and adults with substance abuse problems. The primary goals of drug courts include providing the support and skills needed to become and remain sober and to avoid further criminal activity or dependency cases. The two diversion programs diverted juveniles from usual judicial processes and were designed to be brief substance abuse prevention programs. Goals of the diversion programs include reducing truancy and substance use, increasing knowledge of and improving attitudes about the dangers of substance use, the importance of staying in school, and more effective methods of parenting.
An evaluability assessment was conducted during the first year of evaluation. The second year was devoted to building the capacity needed within the sites to move forward with the outcome evaluation. A process and outcome evaluation was completed during the third year of the project which ended in November 2003.