Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $30,000)
OJJDP FY 09 Demonstration Programs Division Grants was established to provide grants, cooperative agreements and other assistance to organizations designated by OJJDP, as authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. Sections 5601 et seq.) and statutes appropriating funds for juvenile justice programs.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) convened its 15th Annual (Juvenile, Family, Adult and Tribal) Training Conference from June 10-14, 2009 in Anaheim, California. NADCP approaches training with a long-term view of addressing present and future needs of the field and prides itself in executing the most sophisticated and comprehensive national conference available to Drug Court practitioners. The annual conference addresses the issues most relevant to Drug Court professionals, displays an array of educational materials that are available to the field, including a variety of up-to-date NADCP and NDCI publications developed throughout the year with the assistance and input of practitioners throughout the country. It is because of this kind of product and activity that the national Drug Court Training conferences have been, and continue to be, an overwhelming success. OJJDP funds will cover consultant time for presenters on juvenile topic areas at the 15th Annual NADCP Conference.
A team of NADCP professional and administrative staff members will be assigned to this project to ensure the timely and appropriate completion of project tasks. NADCP staff will hold meetings to direct conference programming; make decisions regarding the speakers for the plenary sessions and Drug Court training tracks. The NADCP staff will handle conference logistics and implement programmatic plans.
As a direct result of the conference, practitioners from across the country will be enabled to improve policy and practice in handling of justice system cases, which are impacted by substance abuse. It is expected that new and existing Drug Courts will gain the core, intermediate and advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of subject areas, within the parameters of established best practices. New and operational Drug Courts will be provided the opportunities to learn from national experts and exchange ideas with one another for future activities. Drug Court practitioners attending this conference will be provided a network for communicating with one another and with new Drug Courts in development. Once the conference has been held, NADCP will provide an electronic report to OJJDP describing the successes and challenges of the conference and recommending next steps in training for Drug Courts.