Family Support Network (FSN)

Intervention Basics

The Family Support Network (FSN) addresses issues and challenges that adolescents with insufficient family support and structure face, as these adolescents may have a harder time with recovery. FSN focuses on dimensions of authority, roles, rules, boundaries, communication, and routines. The FSN treatment combines MET/CBT12 with a family and a case management component to encourage adolescents and their families to work together on a joint treatment and recovery effort.   

Expectation of Sessions:
The family component includes:
  • Six bi-weekly – multifamily educational meetings addressing beliefs, development, drug use patterns and the recovery process as it pertains to the adolescent
  • Four monthly in-home visits to reinforce the family’s commitment to treatment and help facilitate the adolescent and the family utilize the learned skills
The MET/CBT12 component includes:
  • Two individual session of MET which explore and address the youth’s ambivalence about changing substance abuse behaviors
  • Ten group sessions of CBT that teach youth specific cognitive behavioral skills
The Case Management component includes:
  • Addresses barriers to treatment participation – can include weekly phone calls
  • For families with more intensive needs, case management can include services for an additional two months following their standard case management

Recommended Populations

  • Youth ages 13 -17
  • Girls & Boys
  • Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; and White
  • Outpatient; Home
  • Urban; Suburban; Rural and/or frontier 

Special Considerations for Juvenile Drug Courts 

This intervention has the flexibility to work in conjunction with other treatment programs, as the treatment was initially developed to compliment interventions that lacked a family component. In addition, implementation of the intervention may be modified, which can be an attractive proposition for JDC teams and treatment programs.

JDC teams will need to keep in mind that any flexibility that is allowed during implementation (implementing the model in any other way than what is prescribed in the treatment manual), may be attractive to the court and to treatment providers, but it is not based in research.

Engagement Strategies 

Courts should work closely with treatment providers to determine the best option for their JDC program – strict adherence during implementation OR a more flexible approach. Choosing a more flexible approach will require that treatment provider(s) and other staff ensure that assessments and follow-up interviews with youth and families are scheduled throughout the treatment process to monitor the efficacy of the modified intervention. Some important things to consider would be:

  • Modifying the duration of the treatment, should NOT be automatically construed as a positive change to the intervention - further evaluation will be needed
  • Keeping youth in treatment past the point where they are continuing to make personal gains can lead to poorer outcomes (i.e., just because the drug court program lasts 12 – 18 months does not mean, necessarily, that the youth needs to be receiving treatment the entire time)
  • This approach relies heavily on case managers and case management principles, so JDC teams will need to determine if staffing capabilities exist  

Implementation and Training 

Contact Jackie Griffin, M.S. at (727) 545-7564 ext 268 or at  to research costs and training opportunities.


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