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Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program


The goal of BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) is to assist operational adult drug court and veterans treatment court programs in the development and implementation of improved program practices to improve program effectiveness and long-term participant success. The TTA assists operational courts with their individual goals of building and maximizing capacity; ensuring potential drug court participants are identified and assessed for risk and need; ensuring drug court participants receive targeted research-based services; enhancing the provision of recovery support services; ensuring the provision of community reintegration services to achieve long-term recovery; and assisting in collecting and reporting on performance measures to identify and explain trends.

In order to accomplish this goal, ADC Discretionary Grant Program recipients, as well as the drug court field at large, have a wide range of TTA services available, many of which are FREE. These services include:

Planning Trainings
BJA provides comprehensive implementation training to Adult Drug Courts,  Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, and Veterans Treatment Courts. The training is designed to:

  • Educate teams about the basic components of these courts.
  • Teach the skills necessary for successfully making the shift from standard case processing to treatment court case processing.
  • Build a program that integrates court and treatment functions and adheres to best practice standards.

Site-specific TTA
BJA provides TTA that is flexible and tailored to fit the needs of each individual program and designed to help you develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices. The TA includes:

Customized service: Build a comprehensive program of on-site workshops, webinars, and remote assistance.
Strategic partnerships: Initiate collaborations between stakeholders and partners to provide additional resources and support to your program and those it serves.
Coaching and follow-up: Improvement and change take time. To keep the momentum going, and to help your team push through obstacles, drug court experts will provide ongoing, remote coaching and consultation.

Operational Tune-Ups Trainings are reserved for adult drug courts or veterans treatment courts with at least 2 years’ operating experience. The training is FREE, but there must be three treatment court programs that participate. Through this training you will:

  • Learn the latest best practices and how they should be applied to your program.
  • Revise policies and practices relating to incentives and sanctions, target population, supervision, and drug testing.
  • Receive an update on pertinent case law.

Who Should Attend?

  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Coordinator
  • Treatment provider
  • Defense attorney
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer

Tribal Healing to Wellness Specific TTA 

BJA provides a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training and Technical Assistance project that includes onsite and offsite technical assistance, regional and national trainings, a publication series, and a webinar series. Services include:

  • Drafting or updating your policies and procedures
  • Team dynamics
  • Specific training in a particular field
  • Community presentations regarding Healing to Wellness Courts

Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training
The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The Enhancement Training features Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies.

State Specific TA
BJA provides training geared toward state court administrators seeking assistance in planning, operations, evaluation, data collection and institutionalization of drug courts statewide. This multipronged approach will help states to coordinate the efforts and resources of government agencies involved with drug court operations and to identify a drug court system that best suits an individual jurisdiction.

National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners
Launched by the Center for Court Innovation with BJA support, the National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners offers access to training on a wide array of subjects, including the psychopharmacology of addiction, sanctions and incentives, trauma-informed care, and methamphetamine addiction. Courses include video lessons by experts in the field, virtual site visits of drug treatment courts around the country, interviews with practitioners, and a resource library of documents and reference tools.

Date Created: February 17, 2012