This toolkit was designed for stakeholders including statewide coordinators, members of the judiciary, and other drug court leaders, in order to help them develop or enhance a current drug court certification program; it aims to teach users how drug courts can work to hold themselves accountable to best practice standards through a certification program.
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guidance on how to implement or enhance a drug court certification program. It was designed with the idea of helping stakeholders to achieve optimal outcomes through adherence to best practices and by maintaining fidelity to the established, evidence-based drug court model. The toolkit aims to offer guidance and assistance to people who are interested in creating an adult drug court certification process for their state; the recommendations provided in the toolkit are based on lessons learned from others who have created and implemented a statewide certification process. The toolkit guides users through pre-implementation, development, post-certification, and implementation; it also provides additional, optional steps such as peer reviews or site visits. Appendix A provides a case study on Colorado’s problem-solving court accreditation program; and Appendix B provides a case study on Georgia’s adult felony drug court certification process.
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