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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
July 29, 2019
The NCJFCJ and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) co-hosted the Judicial Responses to Animal Cruelty Issues Convening earlier this year. The Convening included participation from 10 judges from across the U.S.–eight judges who hear juvenile, child abuse or family violence cases, one municipal court judge who hears criminal animal cruelty cases, and one retired state supreme court justice. The...More
Practical Tips to Help Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Teams Implement the JDTC Guidelines
Practical Tips to Help Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Teams Implement the JDTC Guidelines
June 21, 2019
The In-Practice Tip Sheets are resources for Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) teams and are meant to provide operational steps to implementing the JDTC Guidelines. This is not an exhaustive list of practice tips. Juvenile drug treatment court teams are encouraged to use these Tip Sheets as a starting point as they strive to make program enhancements or operationalize the Guidelines. More
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The Evolving Role of the Prosecutor in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Advice from the Field
June 19, 2019
In October 2018, the NCJFCJ convened a meeting of prosecutors working in juvenile drug treatment court (JDTC) teams across the country. They discussed the evolving roles of juvenile court prosecutors in drug treatment courts and how their role is expanding along with the research on substance use disorders. This brief summarizes their advice for prosecutors working in JDTCs and the broader JDTC...More
Four Pronged Approach
Individualizing Responses to Motivate Behavior Change in Youth: A Four-Pronged Approach
June 12, 2019
Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTCs) have made strides in implementing evidence-based practices to improve program processes, services, and outcomes. These practices include using screening and assessment tools and substance use disorder treatment interventions specifically tailored for adolescents. In December 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the...More
A Guide to the Guidelines: Practical Tips for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts to Implement
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
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
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
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
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
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

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