Money Matters: Cost-Effectiveness of Juvenile Drug Court with and without Evidence-Based Treatments


Journal Article

The 12-month cost-effectiveness of juvenile drug court and evidence-based treatments within court were compared with traditional Family Court for 128 substance-abusing/dependent juvenile offenders participating in a 4-condition randomized trial. Intervention conditions included Family Court with community services (FC), Drug Court with community services (DC), Drug Court with Multisystemic Therapy (DC/MST), and Drug Court with MST enhanced with a contingency management program (DC/MST/CM). Average cost-effectiveness ratios for substance use and criminal behavior outcomes revealed that economic efficiency in achieving outcomes generally improved from FC to DC, with the addition of evidence-based treatments improving efficiency in obtaining substance use outcomes. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sheidow, AJ; Jayawardhana, J; Bradford, WD; Henggeler, SW; Shapiro, SB

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 69 - 90

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1547-0652

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1067-828X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/1067828X.2012.636701

Citation Source

  • Scopus