The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, is pleased to announce its National Drug Court Resource, Policy and Evidence-Based Practice Center (NDCRC) has been awarded $630,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to enhances its services to the drug court field.
The NDCRC maintains extensive policy and evidence-based drug court resources, offers intensive site-based technical assistance and training support resources to approximately 230 of the OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grantees, and collaborates with other providers in the field to complement their efforts and avoid gaps and redundancies in services.
“The Justice Programs Office is delighted to continue and expand upon the National Drug Court Resource Center thanks to this funding,” said Kim Ball, director of the Justice Programs Office. “JPO launched a number of new and successful projects this year, and I’m excited that this funding will enable us to create and release additional episodes of our podcast series, ‘On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center,’ which provides treatment courts with another avenue for receiving information relevant to their work.”
JPO will use this grant to develop and distribute culturally-appropriate resources representative of a wide-range of communities, including rural and urban drug courts and veterans treatment courts, and will develop a new array of resources focused on the national increase in opioid use and how drug courts can help address this issue.
“As a Statewide Coordinator, I am always looking for the latest resources that I can send to treatment court professionals in South Dakota. In addition to providing a one-stop shop for this information, JPO has created great original content this year that has helped my practitioners implement policies that improve outcomes for our participants. I can’t wait to see what they will be able to achieve with another year of funding,” said Noreen Plumage, South Dakota’s state drug and DUI court liaison and statewide drug court coordinator.