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Treatment Courts (also sometimes referred to as problem solving courts or specialty courts) are specialized programs to help justice-involved individuals receive treatment for substance use and other mental health disorders, and they have proliferated across the country over the past three decades. The most common of these treatment courts is the adult drug court. The National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center (NDCRC) is the go-to place for drug court practitioners to access a wide variety of resources to make their programs as effective as possible. Housed at the Justice Programs Office at American University, the NDCRC has collected sample forms, research, a map of drug and other treatment courts across the country, and other resources that these practitioners can use to help their participants receive the treatment they need to get their lives back on track.

Drug courts require the extraordinary collaboration between innovative judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and clinical treatment professionals taking a public health approach to substance use and crime. Drug courts are the foundation of criminal justice reform, improving the justice system from the inside out by using a combination of judicial oversight and evidence-based treatment to help people change and improve their lives. This web site is funded in part, through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

We are always looking for information on what drug courts and other treatment courts are interested in learning more about. If you would like resources that you don’t see on this website, or if there is a topic you would like us to address, e-mail us at


Preeti Menon, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships

Preeti Menon

Senior Associate Director

Julie Baldwin

Dr. Julie Baldwin

Associate Director, Research

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Steven_Collins, SPA, staff

Steve Collins

Senior Program Associate

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Megan_Ward, SPA, staff

Megan Ward

Program Associate


Zephi Francis

Program Associate