Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $600,000)
The Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to enhance existing drug courts or implement new juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) for individuals with substance abuse problems or co-occurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma. Under Category 2, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with a fully operational (for at least 1 year) juvenile drug treatment court to enhance the operation of the court.
Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts seeks to expand adolescent substance use disorder treatment services in the states existing 13 JDTCs to address the specific challenges that rural and underserved communities face and encourage program investments in economically distressed communities. The goals are to (1) enhance access to SUD treatment while decreasing required court-ordered in-custody treatment; (2) improve and enhance statewide data tracking, compiling, and dissemination of JDTC information; and (3) increase program knowledge for the states JDTC practitioners in efforts to improve outcomes for youth. CA/NCF