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$2 million for Juvenile Drug Court Training

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thequadNATIONAL COUNCIL OF JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES NEWS RELEASE – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) received a three-year $2 million grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for the Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program.

“The NCJFCJ is delighted at this opportunity to continue our long tradition of working with OJJDP and other partners to provide important training and technical assistance to juvenile drug courts across the nation,” said Shawn Marsh, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer – Juvenile Justice for the NCJFCJ. “Substance abuse is an all too common theme in many cases that appear in juvenile and family courts, and we are honored to play a role in helping disrupt ongoing justice system involvement and improve outcomes for some of our most vulnerable youth and families.”

The goal of the Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program is to build the capacity of states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to maintain and enhance existing drug courts for substance-abusing juvenile offenders.

The NCJFCJ has substantial experience in supporting improved practice in juvenile justice courts and juvenile drug courts through robust curriculum development and implementation. Curriculum and training will be targeted to the developmental stage of juvenile drug courts, and training and technical assistance will be available through multiple modalities including office-based, site-based, and online opportunities.

Since 1998, the NCJFCJ has worked jointly with the OJJDP on the National Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project and has trained more than 9,000 professionals to implement, operate, maintain, and expand their juvenile drug courts.

Established in 1937, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.