Given the high prevalence of youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in the juvenile justice system, as well as the poor outcomes associated with these conditions, many juvenile drug courts have modified or are considering adapting their policies and programs to include and effectively address the treatment needs of these youth.

As a partner in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project, the NCMHJJ seeks to enhance understanding of the impact of co-occurring disorders on juvenile drug court policy and program development. This goal is achieved through several activities including:

  • providing trainings to judges and court personnel on best practices and model programs
  • producing targeted resources to guide practice
  • convening virtual learning opportunities
  • engaging juvenile drug court staff in educational opportunities at state and national conferences
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