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Economic Evaluation of the Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF) Model

NCJ Number
Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research Volume: 45 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2018 Pages: 321-339
Kathryn McCollister; Pamela Baumer; Monica Davis; Alison Greene; Sally Stevens; Michael Dennis
Date Published
July 2018
19 pages
As part of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of juvenile drug court (JDC) and Reclaiming Futures (RF), an economic analysis of five JDC/RF programs was conducted from a multisystem and multiagency perspective, highlighting the direct and indirect costs of JDC/RF and the savings generated from reduced health problems, illegal activity, and missed school days.
Juvenile drug court (JDC) programs are an increasingly popular option for rehabilitating juvenile offenders with substance problems, but research has found inconsistent evidence regarding their effectiveness and economic impact. Although assessing client outcomes, such as reduced substance use and delinquency, is necessary to gauge program effectiveness, a more comprehensive understanding of program success and sustainability can be attained by examining program costs and economic benefits. The current study's results include the average (per participant) cost of JDC/RF, the total economic benefits per JDC/RF participant, and the net savings of JDC/RF relative to standard JDC.