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Juvenile Treatment Court
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.
- Collaborative Planning
- Clearly Defined Target Population and Eligibility Criteria
- Judicial Involvement and Supervision
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Community Partnerships
- Comprehensive Treatment Planning
- Developmentally Appropriate Services
- Gender Appropriate Services
- Cultural Competence
- Focus on Strengths
- Family Engagement
- Educational Linkages
- Drug Testing
- Goal Oriented Incentives and Sanctions
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