Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $200,000)
The George Mason University (GMU) will continue the operations of the eCourt management information system at the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service and Research. The eCourt is a web-based management information system that was piloted in 10 adult drug treatment courts during 2006-2008. The eCourt system will explore how client and program-level information can be used by drug treatment courts to improve their outcomes. The project will provide for continued operations for five courts including a help desk, programmers, and training staff. GMU will develop and deliver training to advance an understanding of the information system which can be a booster to key components of case management such as: intake processes, standardized tools to screen and assess offenders, event-tracking screens, and discharge screens. GMU will also develop materials for the courts that will advance their understanding of the evidence based practices literature, and how to integrate client/offender-level performance into drug treatment court decisions. Additionally, changes will be made in the system's critical screens including: drug testing, sanctions/ incentives, and treatment, based on feedback from the users surveyed in the pilot.
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