Welcome to the NCJFCJ's Adolescent-Based Treatment Database

The adolescent substance abuse treatment field is young compared to adult substance abuse treatment services. For many years, services for juveniles were merely adult models, most of which were only slightly modified to address a multitude of adolescent-specific issues. When studies examined these treatment practices, they found that such modified adult models were often ineffective with juveniles and, perhaps not surprisingly, caused more harm than good. However, in the last 15 years, researchers have successfully developed a range of validated substance use disorder treatment modalities normed for adolescents. It is important for courts and juvenile justice professionals to fully understand what treatments are available, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate for the youth they are serving. 

The NCJFCJ has compiled information on validated treatment interventions and assessment instruments in The Adolescent-Based Treatment Database. This database serves as a valuable tool for juvenile treatment drug courts (JTDCs) by detailing intervention basics; special considerations for JTDCs; and engagement strategies (for treatment providers, allied agencies, youth, and families). The Adolescent-Based Treatment Database is a “one-stop-shop” for JTDCs researching adolescent-focused treatment and assessment instruments.

Treatment Database Usage TIPs

  • Click here to download a copy of the right-hand image, which displays the Adolescent-Based Treatment Intervention Comparison Matrix. The Comparison Matrix will help readers quickly identify brief, individual, group, and family interventions that may work in their jurisdiction. 
  • Click here to download a complete copy of the Adolescent-Based Treatment Database to share the thirty-three page document with additional JTDC team members, stakeholders, or partners.
  • Click on any of the individual interventions below to research the best fit for your jurisdiction:  

Brief Interventions


Individual & Group Interventions


Family Interventions


Assessment Instruments


NOTE: Information gathered in this Database was compiled from existing sources (i.e., SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and other online resources). The NCJFCJ’s goal was to narrow the focus to adolescents and to add additional considerations, so JTDC teams would be able to make knowledgeable decisions regarding treatment in their jurisdiction, as not all treatment options available will be a good fit for a JTDC population.  


This project is supported by Grant Number 2011-DC-BX-K001 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The OJJDP is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions on this database are those of the developers/authors and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.