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OJJDP FY 2016 Juvenile Drug Court Technical Assistance

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,000,000)

The purpose of the Juvenile Drug Courts Training and Technical Assistance Program is to further OJJDP’s mission to promote best practices related to the implementation of juvenile drug courts (JDCs) and to ensure positive outcomes and treatment for youth dealing with substance abuse issues that are referred to juvenile drug courts. The Juvenile Drug Courts Training and Technical Assistance program will build, develop, and expand juvenile drug court training and technical assistance for mental health and substance abuse treatment practitioners and juvenile drug court teams nationally. Since the treatment component of the juvenile drug court is critical for successful outcomes, the need for significant training and development exists. Through this program, OJJDP aims to improve the delivery of treatment services of juvenile drug courts nationally, enhance the juvenile drug court model, promote promising and best treatment practices and behavioral approaches, facilitate coordination and leveraging of resources, and enhance research efforts.
The delivery of training and technical assistance under this program will include working with OJJDP and the current Initiative to Develop and Test Guidelines for Juvenile Drug Courts provider. OJJDP will expect the provider selected under this program to deliver training and technical assistance focused on implementing the Guidelines (anticipated to be released in the spring of 2016) and participating in the related studies under that Initiative. CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Justice Programs Office at American University (AU), in partnership with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), will continue to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs). In December 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines, providing JDTCs an evidence-based,developmentally-appropriate, treatment-oriented approach to improve outcomes for youth in JDTCs. To be effective, JDTCs need TTA to align both their policies and practices with the Guidelines recommendations. The objective for years two and three of the JDTC TTA Initiative is to provide this needed Guidelines TTA and address national JDTC needs from a behavioral health perspective. The target population is all JDTCs, with an emphasis on the FY17 OJJDP JDTC Program. AU and NADCP will provide TTA to non-grantees in a tiered system, with JDTCs receiving varying levels of TTA based on need and resources. Additionally, to assist JDTCs in addressing increase opioid use among youth, AU and NADCP will provide training and resources for JDTC practitioners, families, and schools to combat opioid use in their communities. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 19, 2016