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NCJ Number: 249767 Find in a Library
Title: Merging Reclaiming Futures Into Juvenile Drug Courts: Lessons Learned for Implementation
Corporate Author: Carnevale Associates, LLC
United States of America

Southwest Institute for Research on Women
United States of America
Date Published: July 2015
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Carnevale Associates, LLC
Darnestown, MD 20874
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Southwest Institute for Research on Women
Grant Number: 2013-DC-BX-0081
Contract Number: LCFRD11C0007
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program Description (Demonstrative); Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF), the current report features recommendations for the implementation and management of such programs.
Abstract: The distinctiveness of these pilot programs is their integration of the promoted program components of juvenile drug courts with the processing model promoted by Reclaiming Futures. The RF model is based on six core steps that use community integration to improve juvenile justice. The integration of JDC strategies and the RF steps creates an innovative approach that improves outcomes for drug-involved youth by serving both youth and their families with coordinated services that prepare youth to have responsible, fulfilling lives that serve their communities. Eleven recommendations are presented based on lessons learned from the evaluation of the pilot sites. First, train judicial leaders in JDC and RF approaches as well as aspects of substance abuse treatment. Second, encourage the judicial leader to be involved in and provide guidance for all levels of programmatic decisions. Third, leverage team members‘ strengths to foster teamwork. Fourth, determine early in the process what information can be shared. Fifth, work across participating agencies to develop an efficient data-collection and information-sharing system. Sixth, use an evidence-based treatment model proven to serve the targeted population and continually reassess its effectiveness. Seventh, use a standardized clinical screening tool early in case processing. Eighth, begin treatment before formal admission to the program. Ninth, conduct and regularly update surveys of community-based youth services. Tenth, develop a formal community engagement structure that identifies available resources for youth. Eleventh, reduce procedural/logistical barriers to engaging youths’ families.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts
Index Term(s): Court management training; Juvenile justice policies; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; Program evaluation; Program implementation
Note: For related documents, see NCJ249762-66 and NCJ-249768-72.
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