In a sample of 84 parents who participated in the county family drug court between 2001 and 2004, a national survey shows 91 percent were reunited with their children.
The report by Scott Burrus, a psychologist with N-T-C Research
of Portland, Oregon who has been studying substance abuse for 14
years, compared the 91 percent with a 45 percent rate of a sampling
of 127 Washoe parents arrested on drug charges who did not go
through the vigorous 15-month program.
Four (m) million dollars for the four-year study was funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Retired judge Charles McGee started the nation's first family court drug program in Washoe County in 1994. Buffy Dreiling, a juvenile court master, has overseen the family drug court since May. Each year, about 50 parents go through the program.