With this solicitation, OJJDP seeks to build the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Tribal governments to implement new and innovative approaches to enhance existing juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC) and improve outcomes for youth with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma.
There are two categories in this solicitation:
Category 1: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Planning and Implementation Program
- The goal of this category is to support jurisdictions that identified a need to establish a JDTC.
Category 2: Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Enhancement Program
- The goal of this category is to enhance existing JDTCs by enhancing one or more of the following areas using the evidence-based Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines:
- Implement workforce development strategies to increase substance use and mental health providers, as well as peer recovery supports. This can include building the expertise of juvenile probation counselors on adolescent substance use and mental health disorders.
- Develop effective strategies to increase access to and the availability of adolescent substance use and mental health treatment.
- Enhance adolescent substance use disorder treatment services in existing JDTCs, including screening, assessment, case management, recovery support services, and program coordination to JDTC participants.
- Enhance monitoring of the court’s behavioral health progression of services from referral to treatment, treatment entry, treatment retention, and treatment completion.
- Build or enhance the jurisdiction’s data management system to intentionally collect and examine access and retention data to ensure that disparities do not exist for race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability in admission protocols or elsewhere in the JDTC program.
- Develop effective case management.
- Deliver effective incentives and sanctions.
- Address criminogenic needs.
- Implement or enhance evidence-based screening tools.
- Develop an innovative approach to serve court-involved youth who are not moderate to high risk to offend but have substance use challenges and can benefit from a brief intervention.
Number of Awards: 7
Total Amount Awarded: $5,623,860