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08/11/20
Annual Report
Reflection & Redefinition: Annual Report 2019

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2019 Annual Report, Reflection & Redefinition, looks back at the extraordinary achievements of the NCJFCJ in 2019. The members of the NCJFCJ are the driving…

07/21/20
Infographic
Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Adolescents and Adult…

Family and juvenile justice system professionals have inadequate knowledge and training on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as an effective, evidenced-based treatment for opioid use disorders (OUD); when they limit or prohibit adults or adolescents with OUD…

06/29/20
Report
Second National Summit on Courts and Military-Connected Families:…

The NCJFCJ held the Second National Summit on Courts and Military-Connected Families (Summit) September 23-24, 2019, at the Saber and Quill Conference Center, Fort Knox, KY. The one-and-a-half-day Summit brought together members and staff of…

06/04/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
The Role of Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: …

In October 2018 and March 2019, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) conducted focus groups with juvenile defense attorneys from around the country who represent youth in juvenile drug treatment courts…

06/19/19
Publication
The Evolving Role of the Prosecutor in Juvenile Drug Treatment Co…

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…

06/12/19
Publication
Practical Tips to Help Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Teams Implem…

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…

06/12/19
Publication
Individualizing Responses to Motivate Behavior Change in Youth: A…

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…

06/30/17
Publication
A Guide to the Guidelines: Practical Tips for Juvenile Drug Treat…

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…

03/06/17
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Trea…

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…

02/01/17
Publication
Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and Their …

This guide is intended as a resource guide for judges and legal partners with involvement in the children’s dependency court system. Judges are responsible for critical legal decisions concerning the permanency, safety and well being…

11/16/16
Bench Card
The Unique Role of the Judge in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: A…

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…

07/28/16
Publication
Tools for Planning and Improving Your Juvenile Drug Court's Refer…

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…