Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,097,612)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA) Adult Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Initiative supports the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3797u et seq.), which assists communities to develop effective drug court strategies for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation (CCI) will implement the Statewide Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program to provide direct support and information to state agencies in order to: enhance the leadership of the statewide drug court effort; improve coordination and collaboration among drug court agencies; and help to institutionalize drug courts into court operations.
CCI will use these funds to develop a program that will include a wide array of resources, information, strategies, and multi-media training and technical assistance activities that will be customized to meet the specific needs of individual jurisdictions. This multi-pronged approach will help states to better coordinate the efforts and resources of government agencies involved with drug court operations and to identify a state administered system that best suits an individual jurisdiction's needs. The program will offer a web-based resource page with documents, tools, and targeted links to other web-sites with useful information. The web page will also feature a technical assistance request protocol, whereby interested state court administrators may request individualized technical assistance that will be delivered either onsite or electronically, depending on the nature and scope of the request. Both onsite and long distance technical assistance provided by the program will include Center staff and other recognized experts in relevant topical areas, including statewide MIS, data collection and analysis, research, evidence-based treatment, drug testing, drug court standards, and performance measures. Onsite technical assistance will also include customized live training events on topics germane to the assistance requested. The program will also utilize long-distance learning tools to conduct training and focus groups for selected drug court operations staff and state administrative stakeholders.