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The Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts Initiative, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is run by the Justice Programs Office, a center in American University’s School of Public Affairs (JPO at AU), in partnership with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP).

Juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) continue to hold tremendous promise in terms of helping youth with substance use disorders not only stop using drugs, but also receive the educational, social, and emotional support necessary for them to become productive, law-abiding adults. To help ensure that these courts have consistent, positive outcomes for youth, their families, and their communities, we are providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to JDTCs nationally and addressing JDTC needs from behavioral health and program practices perspectives.

Our TTA focuses on the newly released Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Specifically, we provide TTA on topics, such as:

  • implementing best treatment practices/programs with fidelity;
  • addressing co-occurring disorders;
  • providing trauma- and gender-responsive (including both girls and LGBTQ) treatment and services;
  • addressing the needs of youth in rural, frontier, and tribal communities;
  • cultural competence;
  • racial and ethnic disparities;
  • family involvement;
  • positive youth development and adolescent brain science;
  • developing aftercare plans and programs;
  • clarifying roles and responsibilities of all those involved in JDTCs;
  • and helping JDTCs develop strategic plans that support sustainability.


This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

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