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Veterans Treatment Court Program

Training and Technical Assistance

The goal of the National Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program is to assist adult drug courts and veterans treatment courts with the development and implementation of program practices to improve program effectiveness and long-term participant success. In order to accomplish this goal, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) drug court grantees, as well as the drug court field at large, have access to a wide range of TTA services, many of which are FREE. These services include:

Veterans Treatment Court Site-specific TTA
BJA provides comprehensive training and technical assistance to courts planning to start a new veterans treatment court, courts looking to expand veterans services locally or statewide, and/or to provide mentoring. The following training sessions are designed to familiarize participants with the building blocks of VTCs:

  • Provide implementation and enhancement training.
  • Provide operational tune-ups as advanced training for seasoned programs.
  • Provide statewide training and strategic planning.
  • Mentor courts to allow VTCs to visit a court in person or virtually for FREE.

Tribal Healing to Wellness Court (THWC) Site-Specific TTA
BJA provides TTA specific to the needs of THWCs that includes onsite and offsite technical assistance, regional and national trainings, a publication series, and a webinar series. Services include:

  • Drafting or updating policies and procedures.
  • Focusing on team dynamics.
  • Training specific to a particular field.
  • Community presentations regarding THWCs.

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.

Tribal Veteran Healing to Wellness Court Trainings
Tribal veteran healing to wellness courts are restorative justice dockets established to respond to the offenses and treatment needs of veterans who are diagnosed with substance abuse. They are managed by a multidisciplinary team familiar with the unique experience and issues of Native veterans. They can operate as standalone dockets or as part of a more general healing to wellness court. The training covers best practices in tribal justice, collaboration, and service delivery that enhance the capacity of tribal veteran healing to wellness courts and serve tribal veterans.

National Mentoring Corps Training
BJA provides professional development for volunteer veterans working in veterans treatment courts. We invite all veteran mentors, mentor coordinators, and veterans treatment court staff to engage our resources and strengthen their understanding of veteran mentoring.

National Online Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners
This website 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: March 10, 2021