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Q&A: OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Resources

A photo of a training classOJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to communities working to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. A major component of these efforts is the provision of training and technical assistance resources that address the needs of juvenile justice practitioners and that support state and local efforts to build capacity and expand the use of evidence-based practices.

To assist policymakers and practitioners in implementing comprehensive communitywide initiatives that strengthen the local juvenile justice system, OJJDP has developed a network of providers dedicated to delivering targeted training and technical assistance.

What types of technical assistance are available?

OJJDP and its network of providers offer assistance in many areas, including:

  • Problem identification.
  • Risks and needs assessment.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Program enhancement and operations support.
  • Sustainability planning.
  • Evidence-based practices and model programs.
  • Team building.
  • Community mapping and resource identification.
  • Partnership development and community collaboration.
  • Staff development and retention.
  • Information management.
  • Performance measurement and program evaluation.
  • Compliance monitoring.

What subject areas are addressed by OJJDP's training and technical assistance services?

OJJDP's training and technical assistance network stands ready to respond to a broad range of requests in all areas related to juvenile delinquency and victimization. Subject areas include:

  • Accountability-based sanctions and incentives.
  • Adjudication and court management.
  • Capacity development.
  • Child abuse and neglect.
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Corrections and detention facilities.
  • Delinquency prevention.
  • Disproportionate minority contact.
  • Exposure to and prevention of violence.
  • Gang-involved youth.
  • Gender-specific programming.
  • Internet safety.
  • Juvenile justice system improvement.
  • Mental health.
  • Problem-solving courts (e.g., drug, gun, and youth and peer courts).
  • Restorative justice.
  • School safety.
  • Substance abuse and underage drinking.
  • Tribal youth.

Who is eligible for technical assistance?

Any state, tribe, unit of local government, or organization supporting the justice system's response to juvenile delinquency and victimization is eligible to receive technical assistance. Although OJJDP may not have funding to support every request, the agency has many resources that can benefit the field. OJJDP responds to every request for training and technical assistance and can facilitate assistance through a variety of means, including financial support, information dissemination, coordination and collaboration, and referral.

How do I request training and technical assistance?

All requesters must provide basic information about their jurisdiction and full details about the nature of their request. Requesters should submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form to OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center. Recipients of OJJDP discretionary grants should contact their OJJDP program manager by telephone or e-mail.

Questions regarding training and technical assistance resources should be addressed to OJJDP’s Training and Technical Assistance Unit:

Tricia Trice
Training Coordinator

Linda Rosen
Training Specialist

Elizabeth Wolfe
Training Specialist