NCJFCJ Announces Six New Sites Selected to the Juvenile Drug Court Learning Collaborative Project

June 13, 2016

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced the six new sites selected to participate in the Juvenile Drug Court Learning Collaborative Project. This induction marks the continued commitment to building a community of practice among the more than 400 operating juvenile drug courts (JDC) across the country.  
The NCJFCJ selected the following six juvenile drug courts: Clackamas County, Ore.; Harris County, Texas; Humboldt County, Nev.; Montgomery County, Ohio; Rankin County, Miss.; and Salt Lake City County, Utah on Friday, May 31, 2016. This was an extremely competitive selection process – NCJFCJ staff and faculty reviewed 45 applications, using a twenty-eight point scoring sheet to rate each site on foundational criteria. These sites join 12 sites actively working within the Project now. 
According to Judge Anthony Capizzi, from the Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court “we [Montgomery County JDC team] are really excited and proud to have been selected as one of the six new Learning Collaborative sites.”  
The NCJFCJ Juvenile Drug Court Learning Collaborative became operational in October of 2014, when staff and faculty selected the first twelve JDCs to serve as “laboratories of change.” The sites received intensive training and ongoing coaching to make significant changes to current practices. This is essentially a quality improvement project, where JDC teams assess their policies and procedures and make recommended improvements that will ultimately result in positive outcomes for the youth and families they serve.  
The Project is funded through grants awarded from the Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) that specifically support NCJFCJ’s efforts to provide expert training and technical assistance to the juvenile drug court field. The new sites will participate in the Project from June 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018. 
Jacque van Wormer, Ph.D., Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Administrator serves as a faculty member for the Learning Collaborative Project, as well as a reviewer during the selection process. During the recent selection process, Dr. van Wormer noted the importance of the Project to the field by stating, “these courts are implementing practical approaches that are based on research and the principals of adolescent development. The approaches can be easily replicated courts in order to create a juvenile drug court field that is driven by science in order to improve outcomes for youth and families.” 
For more information, visit NCJFCJ Juvenile Drug Court Information Center.
The NCJFCJ is a national judicial membership organization. Founded, in 1937, by a group of judges committed to improving services delivered in juvenile and family courts, the NCJFCJ has a long history of effecting positive change in these systems. The NCJFCJ is funded by state and federal sources and is dedicated to providing training to juvenile and family court professionals. 
The OJJDP grants and monitors federal dollars awarded to non-profits, state agencies, local jurisdictions, and tribal communities to improve practice in juvenile and family court systems. As a federal agency, the OJJDP works cooperatively with grantees: to effect positive change; to promote evidence-based strategies; and to analyze current data. 
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