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A Guide to the Guidelines: Practical Tips for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts to Implement
June 30, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) created a blog series titled: A Guide to the Guidelines: Practical Tips for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts to Implement. The series will provide juvenile drug treatment court professionals and teams with advice and tips on the new Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines (Guidelines). Each Guideline works toward achieving reduced...More
Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
March 6, 2017
Research has shown that family engagement during a youth’s time in the juvenile justice system helps to improve outcomes across behavioral health, education, and delinquency. To inform this technical assistance brief, which explores the application of this knowledge in the juvenile drug treatment court context, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) conducted a...More
The Unique Role of the Judge in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Advice From the Field
November 16, 2016
The role of the juvenile drug treatment court judge is unique. Juvenile drug treatment court judges must balance the role of team leader with their role as the "face" of the juvenile drug treatment court in the courtroom. This requires an understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence, adolescent development, data-driven decisions, and many other complex concepts. The Unique Role of the Judge in...More
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
September 15, 2016
This technical assistance brief is a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), prepared as part of a project jointly funded under an interagency agreement (IAA) between the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice and...More
Tools for Planning and Improving Your Juvenile Drug Court's Referral and Acceptance Process
August 3, 2016
All Juvenile Drug Courts (JDCs) need a process for determining how youth will get referred for consideration as participants and which youth will ultimately be accepted into the JDC program. There is no set of right or wrong procedures, decision points, or decision-making professionals for this process. Rather, the process, documentation, and the professionals involved in the decisions may vary...More
Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts: Clarifying Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations of Juvenile Drug Court Teams
July 27, 2016
Understanding our roles and responsibilities is essential if a juvenile drug court (JDC) team wishes to reach a collaborative advantage! Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts, discusses formal and informal roles for core JDC team members and how these individual roles combine to create organizational synergy.  More
The Right Youth for Your Juvenile Drug Court
July 27, 2016
Determining what your juvenile drug court’s targeting and eligibility criteria can be a daunting task. However, if it is done in a systematic way, it increases the probability that the “right youth” are receiving the valuable services provided by juvenile drug court teams. The Right Youth for Your Juvenile Drug Court technical assistance brief provides a road map to developing a realistic and...More
Effective Judicial Interventions for Underage Drinking Benchcard
July 8, 2016
Alcohol is the most widely abused substance among America’s adolescents and its toll on youth, their families and communities is serious. There are a myriad of reasons that teens decide to drink (e.g., self-medicating, mental health issue(s), rite of passage, the physical and emotional feelings that arise from drinking, social influences, easy access and/or parental acceptance of drinking)....More
Seven Deadly Sins Series: Juvenile Drug Court Practices that Can Lead to Poor Outcomes
June 16, 2016
Juvenile Drug Courts (JDCs) often face important decisions when developing or revising their programs. These decisions affect JDC practices and can have far reaching implications for JDC youth. In this series, titled Seven Deadly Sins Series: Juvenile Drug Court Practices that Can Lead to Poor Outcomes, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges identifies seven specific practices...More
Understanding and Using Brief Interventions in the Juvenile Justice System
September 11, 2015
It continues to be a persistent struggle for juvenile justice professionals to accurately identify youth who suffer from substance use and abuse and to effectively refer those youth to the appropriate level of services. This technical assistance brief describes how one treatment approach, a Brief Intervention, can be utilized for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Authored by Ken C....More

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