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Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance (FDC TTA) Project

Award Information

Award #
2009-DC-BX-K069
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2009
Total funding (to date)
$1,549,686

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $399,686)

OJJDP's Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program supports training and technical assistance that helps states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments build the capacity to develop, maintain, and enhance drug courts for substance-abusing adults who are involved with the family court due to child abuse and/or neglect issues.

The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) offers a comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program that builds on its extensive experience in this arena. Important program features include TTA on key components of Family Drug Court (FDC) success: cross-system collaboration; implementing policies and procedures; staff training and development; and evaluation and sustainability. CCFF's mission is to improve outcomes for children and families by providing TTA that develops, maintains, and enhances family drug courts. This will be accomplished by implementing a thorough needs assessment, providing recommendations for a TTA strategy, and creating three virtual learning communities for start-up, implementation, and expansion of FDCs, responding to their varying capacities and stages. The TTA program will be integrated and leveraged with the on-going TTA infrastructure of CCFF. The measures of effectiveness for this effort will be collected via CCFF's web-based TA Tracker system and include percentages of on-time deliverables, feedback from users of the materials on their learning, skills, and utility of the TTA products, as well OJJDP's customer satisfaction. CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117) -- H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366.

The expansion of Family Drug Courts (FDCs) has created a growing need for training and technical assistance to assist jurisdictions to develop and improve the FDC model and approach. The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) will enhance its comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program with increased onsite and web-based TTA. The enhancements will also include OJJDP Family Drug Court awardee "Kick-Off and Annual Meetings." CCFF's FDC program mission is to improve outcomes for children and families by providing TTA that supports planning and implementation of comprehensive FDCs. To accomplish this, CCFF has developed the following goals: 1) assess and address the national TTA needs of FDCs; 2) develop, implement and enhance TTA materials and activities; 3) build FDC capacity; and 40 enhance the knowledge and skills of FDC professionals. These goals will be achieved through specific and measurable activities. The measures of effectiveness for this effort will be collected via CCFF's web-based TA Tracker system and include percentages of on-time deliverables, feedback from users of the materials on their learning, skills, and utility of the TTA products, as well OJJDP's customer satisfaction. NCA/NCA

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

The expansion of Family Drug Courts (FDCs) has created a growing need for training and technical assistance (TTA) to assist jurisdictions in the development and enhancement of their FDCs. Supplemental funding to the current Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) FDC TTA Program will enhance the program by increasing and expanding the TTA that supports planning, implementation and enhancement of comprehensive FDCs. To accomplish this, CCFF developed the following goals: 1) Continue to assess and address the national TTA needs of FDCs; 2) Develop, implement and enhance TTA materials and activities; 3) Build FDC capacity; and 4) Enhance the knowledge and skills of FDC professionals. Key enhancements of the program include: development of a Guidance to States on Developing Performance Standards for FDCs document; development of a FDC Mentor Courts program; development and dissemination of information (white papers and fact sheets) on evidence-based FDC practices; and hosting a OJJDP FY 11 FDC Grantee Kick-Off Meeting and Annual Grantee Meeting. Upon completion of each TTA episode or event, CCFF will gather feedback on recipient satisfaction and assess the quality of TTA provided. Web technology will be used to generate data for assessing the knowledge gained in TTA events. Also, CCFF will conduct data collection and reporting of activities and performance measures regarding number of events, participants, and materials distributed, including percentages of on-time deliverables, feedback from users of the materials on their learning, skills, and utility of the TTA products, as well OJJDP's customer satisfaction.
NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 23, 2009