Family Centered Treatment Foundation receives grant from The Duke Endowment

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The Family Centered Treatment Foundation, based in North Carolina, has received a $23,860 grant from The Duke Endowment. This grant will be used to fund a research design and planning period for a randomized control trial with the Family Centered Treatment® family therapy model.

The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) is a nonprofit organization serving over 40 sites across 9 states. FCTF provides licensing, training, and oversight of the Family Centered Treatment model to human service organizations. Established in 1992 under the original name FamiliFirst, Inc., FCTF has been integral in providing best practice and evidence based services that have positively impacted the lives of over 25,000 families! It is the mission of FCTF to enhance the capability of agencies, communities and state systems of care in the implementation of proven evidence-based programs to better address the needs of families in crisis.

The Endowment grant will be used to develop a research study in North Carolina that meets the highest levels of scientific analysis. It is expected that information and research developed as a result of this grant, as well as an implementation period, will inform future service standards and effective modalities in the child mental health/welfare populations. This will be accomplished in collaboration with the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy as well as multiple Managed Care Organizations across the state. While several quasi-experimental studies with large sample sizes have occurred that positively evaluated the effectiveness and sustainability of outcomes for FCT, there is a critical need for a randomized control trial (study) to evaluate the effectiveness with the child mental health/welfare population.

“We are very excited to be partnering with The Duke Endowment in our study and research around proven models of service to help families in need. The generous grant funding provided will greatly enhance the ability to set up research at the highest scientific standards to further determine how FCT impacts families and youth struggling with a multitude of challenges.”

-Tim Wood, FCTF Executive Director

Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

For more information on Family Centered Treatment or how you can support this community effort, please call or email Dr. Melonie Sullivan at (703) 757-6243/, or visit our website at

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