The School of Public Affairs at American University provides technical assistance and training services to adult drug courts under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The BJA-funded Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project (DCTAP) offers a wide range of free and cost-share services to drug court and other problem solving court programs that provide services to substance abusing offenders. The goal of the DCTAP services is to promote improved program effectiveness and long term participant success. Effective October 1, 2014, these services have been augmented to include a special Veterans Treatment Court Initiative to address the special screening, assessment, coordination, and service delivery issues Veterans Treatment Courts are addressing.
Available BJA DCTAP services include:
Conduct of on-site program assessments and other site services to address issues relating to program policies and practices and assist with strategic planning, program design, data collection and analysis, and other operational issues;
Developing tools for BJA grantees and other drug courts to assess progress in achieving program goals and implementing the "Key Components";
Provision of a wide range of office-based assistance, including facilitation of topic specific conference calls and interactive webinars;compilation/ dissemination of operational resources relating to drug court policies, evidence-based practices and applicable national professional and practice standards;and off-site consultation on planning and implementation issues which may not warrant on-site services;
Promotion of peer-to-peer interchange and net-working on common implementation issues and promising practices through the project's "FAQ" series, listserve and other activities; and
A project website (www.american.edu/spa/jpo) on which is posted over 15,000 downloadable documents relating to drug court issues, including compilations of relevant caselaw, statutes, and court rules (updated annually); program manuals; research reports, participant handbooks; forms and orders; law journals and other reference materials.
Office-based technical assistance services can be requested by email or telephone (see contact information below). On-site technical assistance services can be requested by letter from the drug court judge. The letter should describe the services requested, the needs generating the technical assistance request, and the results the requested assistance is intended to accomplish. Summary background information relevant to the technical assistance requested, including any prior studies undertaken, should be included if available.
Within five days of receipt of the request, project staff will contact the requestor to discuss the request in more detail, obtain additional information, if needed, and plan for service delivery. If on-site services are indicated, they will be designed and scheduled in collaboration with the requesting official. Project staff and consultants maintain contact with all recipients of the project's on-site services for six months to ascertain the utility and impact of the services provided and assist with implementation issues that may arise.
All of the project's services are provided by senior judicial system and treatment practitioner-consultants and other experts drawn from the project's extensive consultant roster, working with senior project staff