Specialty Courts

Specialty courts—such as juvenile drug courts, juvenile mental health courts, and juvenile behavioral health courts—are designed to provide an alternative to traditional case processing and to focus on providing treatment and services to address underlying behavioral health needs.

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Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project | EXPANDCOLLAPSE

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… Read More

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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Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Courts

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Cross-Systems Mapping Flyer

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Family Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System

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What Juvenile Courts Need to Know about Providing Effective Services for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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Co-occurring Disorders: Ask-the-Expert with Richard Shepler, Ph.D., PCC-S

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Co-occurring Disorders: Ask-the-Expert with Holly Hills, Ph.D.

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Addressing the Needs of Youth with Co-occurring Disorders in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

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Co-occurring Disorders: Ask-the-Expert with Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D.

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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Providing Effective Treatment for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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Developing Effective Policies for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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New Directions to Effectively Address Co-occurring Mental Disorders

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What Juvenile Courts Need to Know About Providing Effective Services for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders

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Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations for Juvenile Drug Courts

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Juvenile Mental Health Courts: An Emerging Strategy

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