The Justice Programs Office (JPO) provided 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) offered 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 was to promote improved program effectiveness and long-term participant success. On October 1, 2014, these services were augmented to include a special Veterans Treatment Court Initiative to address the special screening, assessment, coordination, and service delivery issues veterans treatment courts were addressing.
JPO provided services including:
- Conducting 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, listserv and other activities
All of the project's services were 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
Veterans Treatment Court Survey
JPO conducted a first-of-its kind survey through BJA's Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University. The survey’s results provide the framework for developing the parameters of the services that will be most useful to the field as well as developing a snapshot of the range of policies, practices, and services reflected in veterans treatment court programs presently operating and issues they are addressing.