Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $3,500,000)
This program will fund training and technical assistance (TTA) to states, state and local courts, units of local government, and tribal governments that will build their capacity to develop, maintain, and enhance drug courts for juveniles and parents/guardians with substance abuse problems or co-occurring mental health disorders, specifically those related to opioid abuse. Category 1: Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts Training and Technical Assistance, will build the capacity and effectiveness of juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs).
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will partner to provide comprehensive TTA, with an emphasis on accessible treatment and recovery services for JDTCs. Collaborating with NADCP and NCJFCJ in this project are the Center for Court Innovation, NPC Research, Association of Recovery Schools, Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Building Bridges to Recovery. This group of national and local partners will form the JDTC Training and Technical Assistance Collaborative. The primary goal of this collaboration is to build the capacity of new and operational JDTCs to effectively implement, monitor, and sustain practices. The project will: (1) develop, implement, expand, and enhance TTA materials and activities for JDTCs; (2) provide JDTCs with local and regional TTA, specifically targeting JDTCs in rural and remote areas in order to enhance their capacity, knowledge, and skills to effectively deliver services; (3) identify promising, innovative, and effective adolescent recovery programs and assist JDTCs with implementation and sustainability efforts; (4) assess and address the national training needs of the JDTC field related to implementing evidence-based practices; and (5) coordinate and collaborate with other national TTA providers to maximize the use of effective training resources aimed at helping demonstration sites and other tribal, juvenile, and family drug courts implement services that improve public safety and outcomes for children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid crisis. CA/NCF