Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center (2003). Manhattan Family Treatment Court Final Evaluation Report. New York, NY: Author.
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The Manhattan Family Treatment Court (MFTC) was an innovative case processing approach to the adjudication of substance abusing parents of minor children named in petitions of neglect filed by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Created in 1998 by the New York State Unified Court System, the new approach provided comprehensive drug treatment services to project-eligible parents. Once fully operational, the MFTC required these parents’ progress to be monitored and reported to the court so that an informed disposition relative to permanent placement of their child(ren) could be rendered by the court within 12-18 months of the petition of neglect. In June 2001, six months into the implementation of a second-state pilot, John Jay College’s Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center evaluated the effort.