Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,091,144)
OJJDP's FY 2011 Best Practices for Juvenile Drug Courts Training initiative supports training for states, state and local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to build their capacity to develop, maintain, and enhance drug courts for substance-abusing youth who are participating in juvenile drug court programs. OJJDP seeks a provider to deliver training to juvenile drug courts in best treatment practices for adolescents and juvenile drug court operations, based on the Sixteen Strategies of Effective Juvenile Drug Courts. This program is authorized by 42 USC Section 3797u-8.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges proposes to form a Collaborative with Chestnut Health Systems, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. to provide responsive and comprehensive training on juvenile drug court best practices, particularly evidence-based substance abuse treatment, screening, and assessment. Project performance will be measured by not only the number of trainings conducted or publications produced, but also by the changes that jurisdictions make in their policy and practice. The goal for this project is to assess the needs of juvenile drug court teams and provide targeted training on evidence-based and developmentally appropriate treatment for substance use disorders and juvenile drug court strategies in order to enhance and expand treatment options, improve treatment outcomes, and support improved results for youth and families.