Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts Training & Technical Assistance Project
SOLICITATION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR JUVENILE DRUG TREATMENT COURTS
Under the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year 2017 Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting juvenile drug treatment courts in aligning their practices with the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines and implementing those practices for youth with substance use disorders who come in contact with the court. The Justice Programs Office at American University and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals are expected to provide the training and technical assistance for the selected grantees. Applications are due May 2, 2017. For more information, see the full solicitation.
OJJDP RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR JUVENILE DRUG TREATMENT COURTS
On December 20, 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released "Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines." Juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) are designed for youth with substance use disorders who come in contact with the juvenile justice system. These courts offer a way to respond to the needs of substance-using youth and to treat their complex disorders, which require specialized interventions. The new JDTC guidelines offer courts, families, and youth an evidence-based, treatment-orientation approach that emphasizes family engagement and addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health disorders experienced by many adolescents engaged with the justice system. Currently operating JDTCs will find the guidelines useful for developing strategies for reforming current practices to bring them in line with evidence-based practices. New JDTCs will find the guidelines helpful in designing their JDTC model and practices. The guidelines, an interactive map that helps users navigate through each guideline, supporting research reports, and additional resources are available at https://www.ojjdp.gov/Juvenile-Drug-Treatment-Court-Guidelines.html.
OJJDP partnered with a research team, experts in the field, and other Federal Agencies to develop evidence-based, treatment-oriented guidelines to support judges and professional court staff, youth with substance use disorders, and their families. OJJDP is also planning to help courts implement and test these guidelines through training, technical assistance, and programmatic initiatives.
The Justice Programs Office at American University's School of Public Affairs (JPO at AU), in partnership with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), is providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs). JDTCs need TTA on the JDTC Guidelines, as well as evidence-based treatment and practices generally. JPO at AU in partnership with NADCP will provide training and technical assistance focusing on assessing and addressing the national juvenile drug treatment court needs from behavioral health and program practices perspectives to all JDTCs, with TTA varying based on needs. In addition to TTA, JPO at AU will develop a web portal with JDTC-specific, training material, archived webinars, self-evaluation tool, and other resources. For more information, the project description for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts Training & Technical Assistance Project is now available to view and download
as a PDF.
American University Contact:
Zoë Root, Project Director/Senior Policy Counsel Justice Programs Office, American University
OJJDP Project Contact:
Leanetta Jessie, Program Manager
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Terrence D. Walton, Project Executive Chief Operating Officer
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
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