Family Dependency Court exists for the
purpose of achieving timely and appropriate permanency placement for
children who come to the attention of the Court or Social Services by
promoting parents’ recovery from alcohol or drug dependency when substance
abuse is a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.
Dependency Drug Court
services may be available to any parent/legal guardian of children who come
to the attention of the Court or Social Services when substance abuse,
including alcohol, is a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.
Drug Court Program Office
Mendocino County Superior Court
100 North State Street, Room 411
Ukiah, CA 95482-4416
(707) 468-2055 or 463-4178
(707) 463-4424 (fax)
- The FDDC is a voluntary program provided in partnership with Social
Services and the Division of Alcohol & Other Drug Program (AODP)
- With a referral from Social Services, AODP will assess and recommend
a parent/legal guardian to the FDDC.
- An individual treatment plan with AODP will be developed.
Fulfillment of this plan is required to successfully complete the
FDDC. Couples may be referred together but may be placed on different
“tracks” for treatment.
- AODP will provide weekly status reports to the court and Social
Services re: each FDDC participant’s progress in treatment.
The FDDC Consists of:
- Individual Treatment Plan through AODP
- Residential Treatment program, as needed
- Regular Court Appearances 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180 days of
compliance and treatment
- Graduation upon successful completion of the program
Incentives and Sanctions
- Incentives and sanctions are directly linked to the willingness of
the individual to participate in their treatment program. Efforts to be
in compliance with the expectations of the FDDC are recognized.
- Incentives are often given by the court for completion of phases and
other accomplishments made by the FDDC participant.
- Sanctions are used by the court to keep participants on track and in
compliance with the FDDC program.
Graduation and Termination
- Graduation will occur upon the successful completion of the
participant's treatment plan with AODP and other court requirements.
- With a repeated failure to comply with the requirements, FDDC may be
terminated as unsuccessful..