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Juvenile Treatment Court

The mission of the Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) program is to rehabilitate youth with substance abuse issues, through treatment, support and supervision.

JDC strives to strengthen family relationships, promote positive community ties, and inspire a commitment to education. The program seeks to promote public safety, encourage positive youth development and provide a continuum of quality treatment services.

The JDC program is a strength-based program that aims to reduce drug use among participants through an intensive outpatient treatment program coupled with frequent judicial oversight and intensive supervision. The program is self-paced and can be completed in as little as six and a half months.

The JDC Program operates under the guidance of the following Juvenile Drug Court 16 Key Strategies in Practice.

  1. Collaborative Planning
  2. Teamwork
  3. Clearly Defined Target Population and Eligibility Criteria
  4. Judicial Involvement and Supervision
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation
  6. Community Partnerships
  7. Comprehensive Treatment Planning
  8. Developmentally Appropriate Services
  9. Gender Appropriate Services
  10. Cultural Competence
  11. Focus on Strengths
  12. Family Engagement
  13. Educational Linkages
  14. Drug Testing
  15. Goal Oriented Incentives and Sanctions
  16. Confidentiality


Juvenile Drug Court FAQs

What are the criteria for participation in the Children's Court Drug Court Program?

  • Prior referrals for drug-related offenses
  • Prior referrals for non-drug-related offenses but crimes committed while under the influence.
  • No prior referrals but the child requests Drug Court because of self-admitted drug or alcohol dependency.
  • Self-referral as a result of a plea agreement for probation

How does a client get referred to the Children's Court Drug Court Program?

Referrals are received through the Juvenile Probation Office, treatment providers, attorneys, or may be court ordered.


John E. Brown Juvenile Justice Center
5100 Second St. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107


Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (505) 841-7456

Juvenile Drug Court Resources

Juvenile Drug Court Calendar

Eligibility Checklist

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