Publications

Mentoring in Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts
August 3, 2015
From December 2013 to January 2014, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges visited and observed mentoring programs at 10 juvenile treatment drug court (JTDC) sites and conducted a focus group to discuss strengths and challenges faced by these programs. This technical assistance brief provides an overview of this project as well as tips and strategies for implementing mentoring...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth - Vol. 2, No. 2
October 9, 2014
This sixth issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download.  This issue covers the following topics: Are members of minority groups who come into contact with the police more likely to be arrested than white suspects? Can a pre-school program for disadvantaged children show benefits 40 years later? Are serious delinquents likely to persist in offending after...More
Juvenile Drug Court Training & Technical Assistance Project: Improving Practice in Courts Across America - An Overview
August 18, 2014
This overview of the Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) Training and Technical Assistance Project highlights areas of focus for the NCJFCJ 1) a collaborative approach to developing research-based training and technical assistance, through a Project Advisory Committee; 2) providing targeted training to introduce topics, to improve individual effectiveness, to change practices, and for the self-guided...More
Providing Effective Treatment for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders
July 16, 2014
Providing Effective Treatment for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders Brief by Patrick Kanary, M.Ed., Richard Shepler, Ph.D., PCC-S, and Michael Fox, MA, PCC., focuses on the promise of the integrated treatment model in working with youth with co-occurring disorders. Recent research showed significant improvement on multiple variables, including mental health problem severity and substance use,...More
Developing Effective Policies for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders
July 16, 2014
Developing Effective Policies for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders Brief by Robert Kinsherff, Ph.D., and Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D., suggests modifications to eight critical domains of the juvenile drug treatment court model to better address the needs of youth with co-occurring disorders.  This series of three briefs, Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts...More
New Directions to Effectively Address Co-occurring Mental Disorders
July 16, 2014
New Directions to Effectively Address Co-occurring Mental Disorders Brief by Holly Hills, Ph.D., and Karli J. Keator, MPH, outlines program modifications for juvenile drug courts to consider. Two models that have successfully served youth with co-occurring disorders are described. This series of three briefs, Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Policy and Program Brief, provides information...More
Juvenile Drug Courts: By the Numbers
May 21, 2014
This infographic shows facts and figures about Juvenile Drug Courts nationwide. More
7 Series - 7 Articles with 7 Easy Steps to Improving Your Juvenile Drug Court
March 28, 2014
The 7 Series is a series of articles to help operationalize complex frameworks and theories for juvenile drug court professionals. Each article relays seven steps to make enhancements in specific areas: collaborative planning, performance measures, information sharing, team transition, community engagement, building a nonprofit, and individualized responses.  More
Engaging Schools in the Juvenile Drug Court: Promising Strategies from the Field
March 28, 2014
The NCJFCJ set out to gather the experiences and insights of JDC practitioners across the country who have worked to partner with schools. More than 40 practitioners — representing a variety of roles within the JDC — responded to online surveys or have joined focus groups. In this brief, we have distilled their contributions into a set of “promising strategies” in the hope that others will apply...More
Practical Tips to Help Juvenile Drug Court Teams Implement the 16 Strategies in Practice
March 28, 2014
The In-Practice Tip Sheets are resources for juvenile drug court teams and are meant to provide operational steps to implementing the 16 Strategies in Practice. This is not an exhaustive list of practice tips. Juvenile drug court teams are encouraged to use these Tip Sheets as a starting point as they strive to make program enhancements or operationalize the 16 Strategies. More