Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Policy and Program Briefs

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges created Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts: Policy and Program Briefs. This series of three briefs provides information to juvenile drug treatment courts on how to effectively serve youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

  • Developing Effective Policies for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders, by Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D., and Joseph J. Cocozza,¬†Ph.D., suggests modifications to eight critical domains of the juvenile drug treatment court model to better address the needs of youth with co-occurring disorders.
  • New Directions to Effectively Address Co-occurring Mental Disorders, by Holly Hills, Ph.D., and Karli J. Keator, M.P.H., outlines program modifications for juvenile drug courts to consider. Two models that have successfully served youth with co-occurring disorders are described.
  • Providing Effective Treatment for Youth with Co-occurring Disorders, by Patrick Kanary, M.Ed., Richard Shepler, Ph.D., PCC-S, and Michael Fox, M.A., PCC, focuses on the promise of the integrated treatment model in working with youth with co-occurring disorders. Recent research showed significant improvement on multiple variables, including mental health problem severity and substance use, among youth receiving integrated co-occurring treatment.

Co-occurring disorders, Juvenile justice, Treatment courts, Youth