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Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines

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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines.

Juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC) are designed for youth with substance use disorders who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The new guidelines provide juvenile courts with an evidence-based, treatment-oriented approach that emphasizes family engagement, and addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health disorders experienced by the youth.

OJJDP partnered with a research team, experts in the field, and other federal agencies to develop the guidelines to support judges and professional court staff, young people with substance use disorders, and their families.

The guidelines are organized into key objectives with corresponding guideline statements, and include rigorous supporting research and considerations for implementation.

Additional research reports, the research translation process, the list of partners, and frequently asked questions can be accessed in the Supporting Information.

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Click on the objectives in the graphic below to navigate through the content of the guidelines or review the complete Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines.