Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Family Dependency Drug Court
Photos by Adam Stewart
Van Damme State Park, on the Mendocino Coast - Photo courtesy of Kim Weston


The Family Dependency Drug 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.

Family 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.



    Family Dependency Drug Court Program Office
    Mendocino County Superior Court
    100 North State Street, Room 411
    Ukiah, CA 95482-4416
    (707) 468-2055
    (707) 463-4424 (fax)


The FDDC Program is a voluntary program provided in partnership with Social Services and the Division of Substance Use Disorders Treatment (SUDT).  With a referral from Social Services, SUDT will assess and recommend a parent/legal guardian to the FDDC.

An individual treatment plan with SUDT will be developed.  Fulfillment of this plan is required to successfully complete the FDDC.  SUDT will provide weekly status reports to the court and Social Services regarding each FDDC participant’s progress in treatment.  Couples may be referred together but may be placed on different “tracks” for treatment.


FDDC Program components

  • Individual Treatment Plan through SUDT
  • Residential Treatment program, as needed
  • Regular Court Appearances at 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 program are recognized. Incentives are often given by the court for completion of phases and other accomplishments made by the participant.

Sanctions are used by the judge to keep participants on track and in compliance with the FDDC program.


Graduation and Termination

Graduation will occur upon the successful completion of participant's treatment plan with SUDT and other Court requirements.

With a repeated failure to comply with the requirements, FDDC may be terminated as unsuccessful.

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