Drug Court: Technical Assistance

The Center for Court Innovation provides training and technical assistance to treatment courts across the United States, including adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, family treatment courts, DWI/DUI courts, veterans treatment courts, and other models.

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Strategic Planning

The Center’s staff of experienced treatment court practitioners facilitates on-site planning workshops and helps courts in the development of strategic plans that ensure fidelity to the model, promote evidence-based practices, build coordinated training strategies, and enhance interagency partnerships. In recent years, the Center has helped Washington, Colorado, and New York develop statewide strategic plans for their drug courts.

Evidence-Based Practices

The Center helps treatment courts successfully implement evidence-based practices like validated risk-need assessments, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), and others. In New York, for example, the Center is helping to integrate Medication-Assisted Treatment into drug courts through training andpolicy reviews.

Fidelity Reviews

To help drug courts measure their fidelity to the model, the Center conducts hands-on assessments that look at intake, assessment, andreferral procedures, case planning, compliance monitoring, data collection and evaluation practices, and other key performance areas. The Center also offers targeted training to address areas needing improvement.


In addition to promoting evidence-based practices,the Center experiments with new and innovative approaches in treatment courts, including the use of technology to deliver remote treatment and supervision to participants, and using restorative justice practices to help participants repair damaged relationships and build a stronger foundation for long-term recovery.

National Drug Court Online Learning System

The Center operates the National Drug Court Online Learning System, the leading online training resource for treatment courts. This free website offers training videos, practitioner interviews, virtual tours of treatment courts, and a resource library.

On-Site and Remote Assistance

The Center offers both on-site and remoteassistance to treatment courts nationally. Areas of assistance include strategic planning workshops, court assessments, training for staff and partneragencies, implementation of evidence-based practices, conference presentations, document review, research assistance, and much more.

For More Information

Contact Aaron Arnold, director of treatment court programs, at arnolda@courtinnovation.org or 646-386-3242. The Center has produced a number of publications on drug courts; click here to read the Center’s drug court-related publications, or visit the Research page to learn more about the Center’s research team and its projects.

Request Assistance

Please use this form for any of your expert assistance needs, whether you'd like to arrange a visit to one of our demonstration projects in New York, request hands-on assistance, schedule a training, engage our researchers, or just request more information in general. We look forward to hearing from you.

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