Substance Abuse

Our Policy Through a position paper, The Promise and Challenge of Juvenile Drug Courts (approved by the NCJFCJ’s Board of Trustees, July 1999), the NCJFCJ addressed the ill-effects of substance use and abuse by youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The paper states, “Through the partnerships with schools, law enforcement, and community-based organizations, the court can effectively support the youth’s progress in treatment, develop networks of support for the juvenile drug court, maximize limited resources and provide concrete services to increase the youth’s skills and bonds to the community.” The NCJFCJ works to uphold this statement by providing training and technical assistance to juvenile drug courts and other juvenile justice professionals. Our Work • The NCJFCJ currently administers two drug court project grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) – the Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project and the Juvenile Drug Courts Communities of Practice Project. • The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation, administers an award from OJJDP to provide training and technical assistance to Healing to Wellness Court grantees. • The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is providing tailored onsite technical assistance to the Administration’s current JDTC grantees. • Through these projects, the NCJFCJ provides training and targeted on-site technical assistance to juvenile drug treatment (JDTC) courts and juvenile justice professionals. • The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) supports and guides project implementation and ensures the work with the JDTCs remains grounded in research-supported practice. The NCJFCJ has reached out to a diverse set of professionals, representing differing viewpoints, to serve on the PAC. These representatives are experts in the field of adolescent treatment, mental health, trauma- informed care, research, court innovations, and juvenile justice. • Research has shown that participating in ongoing training is a key component to a high- functioning team. The NCJFCJ is conducting a variety of training methods under the project with the goal of reaching the widest audience possible. • The NCJFCJ’s JDTC Learning Collaborative is a multi-year project for JDTCs to build capacity, assess needs, initiate strategic planning, implement appropriate program improvements, evaluate program performance, and help sustain programs. There are currently twelve active sites and six mentor sites participating in the project, where 15 different states across the Nation are represented - AR, GA, HI, ID, MD, MA, MI, MS, NV, NM, OH, OR, TN, TX, UT, and VA. • The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, developed the “Effective Judicial Interventions for Underage Drinking Bench Card” to assist juvenile court judges and other juvenile justice professionals when handling underage drinking cases. The intention of the bench card is to educate and guide juvenile court judges and juvenile justice professionals on effectively handling underage drinking offenders to improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges / Ph. (775) 507-4777

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