Assessment & Development

The mission of Assessment and Development Services (ADS) is to provide leadership in the production and dissemination of innovative and rigorous evidence and practices that align with the agency mission and strategic plan.  ADS achieves this mission through research, policy analysis, program development, training and consultation to improve processes and practices within the Family Court and throughout Family Court Services. 

Director:  Pamela Behle, PhD

Research and Development

The purpose of this department is to provide accurate data and information to help Family Court Services Administration develop policy and make decisions on an empirical basis; and to conduct research on topics that advance knowledge in the areas of juvenile justice, family justice, case processing and related topics.  This department also provides innovative leadership in advising Family Court Services Administration in selecting and guiding implementation of evidence-based programming and services.  For additional information, contact the Management Analyst, Justine Greve, at (816) 881-6549.

Training Department

Staff in the Training Department provide professional training, education and support to the 16th Circuit employees through online and instructor-led courses.  Training records and histories for all department staff are managed through Epicor.  For additional information, contact the Manager, Natasha Edwards, at (816) 881-6501.

Family Drug Court

The Family Drug Court Program (established April 1998) provides judicially managed community-based services, close supervision and specialized treatment to parents whose substance abuse places their children at risk of substantially increased intervention by the justice system. 

The primary goal for the Family Drug Court (FDC) is to stop substance abuse by parents which threatens the safety and permanency of their dependent children. 

Specific eligibility criteria govern admission to the program.  Services offered to participants include substance abuse treatment, mental health assessment, academic and vocational assessment, transitional living, and other services as needed or required.  For additional information, contact the program manager, Brittani Williams at 816-435-4757.


Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)