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From Referral to Treatment: Implementation Processes in Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Programs

NCJ Number
305563
Author(s)
Alison Greene; Josephine D. Korchmaros; Raanan G. Kagan; Erika M. Ostlie; Monica Davis
Date Published
September 2022
Length
25 pages
Annotation

This article examines Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTCs) and the ability of JDTCs to identify and treat youth with substance use disorders. 

Abstract

Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTCs) provide a critical opportunity to identify and treat youth with substance use disorders (SUD). Structuring JTDCs to minimize process complexity and time to treatment is important. Results across eight JDTCs indicate the number of steps between referral and enrollment varied from 2 to 7, and the potential wait time varied from 1 to 58 days. The number of steps between referral and SUD treatment varied from 3 to 8, and the potential wait time varied from 2 to 118 days. Information regarding JTDC process can inform the field about JTDC practice, including barriers to treatment as well as areas for improvement. (Publisher abstract provided)