Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $3,400,000)
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) proposes to provide training and technical assistance support to states and state treatment court coordinators, to establish state level performance standards for treatment courts, implement fidelity assessment processes, develop statewide training programs for treatment court teams, engage in statewide strategic planning, implement evidence-based practices, support statewide data collection and evaluation efforts, and build statewide treatment court capacity through the BJA Adult Treatment Court State Based Technical Assistance and Research Capacity Program.
NCSC is the preeminent judicial reform organization in the United States and a national and global leader. Its mission is to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts and to justice systems around the world. NCSC has considerable experience in conducting court evaluation research, operational reviews, organizational and administrative assessments, process analyses, and technical assistance in all areas of court management, administration, and operations. NCSC staff has a breadth of experience in assisting state and local treatment courts with the development and implementation of statewide programming, policies, procedures and infrastructure with fidelity and alignment with evidence-based practices.
NCSC will coordinate with BJA and the TTA Collaborative and to identify emerging issues, common trends and themes within the treatment court portfolio and work collaboratively to assist operational adult treatment courts in the development and implementation of improved practices for increased program effectiveness and long-term participant success.
Proposed project activities to state-based grantees include providing specialized coaching to develop implementation guides and action plans to meet project goals and deliverables; convening grantee learning communities to elevate shared knowledge and innovations related to best practices and lessons learned; and assisting with strategies to collect performance measure data. NCSC proposes supporting state treatment court coordinators through quarterly meetings; providing subject matter expertise to support state conferences, trainings, and meetings; assessing state capacity to conduct fidelity assessments, track outcomes, and assess data capacity; and convening state treatment court coordinators and partners to identify strategies to enhance state capacity to facilitate national outcome studies. Training and technical assistance services will be provided to other states and agencies as available to support treatment court.
Expected outcomes include BJA approved grantee Implementation Guides and Action Plans, practitioner friendly publications, individual and annual reports summarizing the training and technical assistance services requested and delivered.