Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $400,000)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) envisions a nation where our children are healthy, educated, and free from violence. If they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, the contact should be rare, fair, and beneficial to them. To meet this vision, this program will focus on increasing the effectiveness of juvenile drug courts by: (1) supporting programs or strategies that recognize and engage the family as a valued partner in all components of the program; (2) supporting local training programs or teams that educate practitioners and their families to meet the needs of the adolescent client and include adolescent brain development, integrated treatment, trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and strong judicial interaction; (3) supporting the development of local programs that will engage stakeholders and build or enhance partnerships among judges, representatives from behavioral health treatment programs, juvenile justice, social services, school and vocational training programs, law enforcement, probation, prosecution, defense, and community organizations; (4) supporting existing juvenile drug courts to monitor and evaluate current practices to develop strategies to create policies and procedures that will address and provide solutions to identified local barriers and (5) developing and implementing data management systems, including disaggregated data by race and ethnicity of participants.
The Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will develop and implement a statewide case and data management system for Juvenile Drug Courts (JDC) that will enhance monitoring and evaluation of the programs statewide. Arkansas JDCs serve approximately 159 juveniles per month. The project will: (1) develop a user-friendly interface to work in concert with the states current Contexte System that allows for the management of JDC cases and data; (2) develop individual and aggregate level reports to be utilized in the monitoring and reporting of programs; (3) train all JDC Coordinators and staff on the new system; and (4) routinely monitor and evaluate the individual JDC programs and Arkansas JDCs as a whole. The enhancements made to the Contexte System will allow Arkansas to evaluate its programs statewide in accordance with new state legislation.