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National Recovery Month (September)
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Recovery Month, now in its 30th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

Join BJA in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. For more information on how to participate, visit the National Recovery Month website.

On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center is a podcast series that explores problem-solving courts working to address substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders within the criminal justice system. These voluntary programs serve as a form of deferred adjudication that focuses on rehabilitation and treatment, rather than incarceration. Brought to you by the Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, and in part by BJA, the ideas and thoughts expressed in the podcasts do not directly reflect those of the JPO, BJA, or DOJ:

  • Episode 1 - Family Treatment Court Basics with Evan Elkin: In this episode, we introduce the National Drug Court Resource Center and explore the basics of family treatment courts with Evan Elkin, the Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures.
  • Episode 2 – Behind the Scenes of Family Treatment Courts with Jill Murphy: In this episode, we speak with Jill Murphy, the program supervisor of the King County Family Treatment Court. Our conversation includes discussion of how family treatment courts function and discuss innovative strategies for working with participants of family treatment courts.
  • Episode 3 - Advice from a Family Treatment Court Graduate: In the final episode, we meet with Teresa Anderson-Harper, a graduate of the King County Family Treatment Court.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annals of Research and Knowledge (ARK) brings together decades of research into justice programs and outcomes in a dynamic online tool. With the ARK, you can indicate an individual’s risk and need profile and his or her stage in the justice system and view detailed information on evidence-based and promising programs matched to that individual. Access the ARK Interactive Tool.

National Drug Court Resource Center Newsletter
Operated by JPO at American University, the National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center strives to provide practitioners and professionals working in the drug court field with the latest information relevant to the drug court field. Subscribe to the National Drug Court Resource Center Newsletter to learn about upcoming drug court events, drug court resources, innovative practices, and various training and technical assistance opportunities.

For Category 1: Implementation and Category 2: Enhancement, eligible applicants are states, territories, state and local courts, counties, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) on behalf of a single jurisdiction drug court.

For Category 3: Statewide, eligible applicants are state agencies such as the State Administering Agency (SAA), the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Substance Abuse Agency. State agencies can also include state criminal justice agencies and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance abuse and/or mental illness services, or related services, to criminal substance abusers.

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The goal of BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) is to assist operational adult drug court and veterans treatment court programs in the development and implementation of improved program practices to improve program effectiveness and long-term participant success. The TTA assists operational courts with their individual goals of building and maximizing capacity; ensuring potential drug court participants are identified and assessed for risk and need; ensuring drug court participants receive targeted research-based services; enhancing the provision of recovery support services; ensuring the provision of community reintegration services to achieve long-term recovery; and assisting in collecting and reporting on performance measures to identify and explain trends.

In order to accomplish this goal, ADC Discretionary Grant Program recipients, as well as the drug court field at large, have a wide range of TTA services available, many of which are FREE. These services include:

Planning Trainings
BJA provides comprehensive implementation training to Adult Drug Courts,  Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, and Veterans Treatment Courts. The training is designed to:

  • Educate teams about the basic components of these courts.
  • Teach the skills necessary for successfully making the shift from standard case processing to treatment court case processing.
  • Build a program that integrates court and treatment functions and adheres to best practice standards.

Site-specific TTA
BJA provides TTA that is flexible and tailored to fit the needs of each individual program and designed to help you develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices. The TA includes:

Customized service: Build a comprehensive program of on-site workshops, webinars, and remote assistance.
Strategic partnerships: Initiate collaborations between stakeholders and partners to provide additional resources and support to your program and those it serves.
Coaching and follow-up: Improvement and change take time. To keep the momentum going, and to help your team push through obstacles, drug court experts will provide ongoing, remote coaching and consultation.

Operational Tune-Ups Trainings are reserved for adult drug courts or veterans treatment courts with at least 2 years’ operating experience. The training is FREE, but there must be three treatment court programs that participate. Through this training you will:

  • Learn the latest best practices and how they should be applied to your program.
  • Revise policies and practices relating to incentives and sanctions, target population, supervision, and drug testing.
  • Receive an update on pertinent case law.

Who Should Attend?

  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Coordinator
  • Treatment provider
  • Defense attorney
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer

Tribal Healing to Wellness Specific TTA
BJA provides a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training and Technical Assistance project that includes onsite and offsite technical assistance, regional and national trainings, a publication series, and a webinar series. Services include:

  • Drafting or updating your policies and procedures
  • Team dynamics
  • Specific training in a particular field
  • Community presentations regarding Healing to Wellness Courts


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.


State Specific TA

BJA provides training geared toward state court administrators seeking assistance in planning, operations, evaluation, data collection and institutionalization of drug courts statewide. This multipronged approach will help states to coordinate the efforts and resources of government agencies involved with drug court operations and to identify a drug court system that best suits an individual jurisdiction.


National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners
Launched by the Center for Court Innovation with BJA support, the National Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners 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.


National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, Bureau of Justice Assistance, November 2018. This fact sheet provides information about BJA's Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, which is designed to equip courts and community supervision systems with the necessary tools and resources using the most current evidence-based practices and principles to intervene with substance abusing participants while preparing them for success in the community.

Drug Courts, BJA, NIJ, and OJJDP, May 2018. This brief presents an overview of drug courts across the country.

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Case Management, BJA-Sponsored, May 2018. This resource is designed to provide Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and their staff a guide to effective case management and the case manager role.

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines (2nd Edition), BJA-Sponsored, November 2017. This resource provides tribal communities with an overview of Western substance abuse treatment strategies, drawing upon drug court standards and best practices, and the experiences of hundreds of tribal and state adult and juvenile drug courts.

Teleservices: Happening Now!, BJA-Sponsored, June 2017. This fact sheet details the implementation of innovative teleservices programs in seven jurisdictions around the country to enhance drug treatment courts.

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President Donald J. Trump Signs an Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis.

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
BJA participates in DOJ's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) and suggests tribal jurisdictions consider applying for drug treatment funding under purpose area 3 of CTAS. For more information, please see the CTAS solicitation.

Tribes are still eligible to apply for funding under the BJA Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program solicitation and the Joint Adult Drug Court solicitation to enhance coordination and treatment however the CTAS solicitation will better allow tribal drug court applications to be peer reviewed and rated against other tribal applicants in accordance with the tribal key components.



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