Project Topics

Appropriate Target Population
Drug courts are a relatively scarce and expensive resource that should be used judiciously. Given this fact, who should go to a drug court and who should not? Should all drug offenders go to a drug court? If not, how should the cases of offenders who don?t go to the drug court be handled? What factors should influence the selection of a target population for a particular drug court? A webinar is planned to discuss these and other related questions using the most current research available.Read more...

 

The Role of Medication
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) entails the use of medications, along with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. This module aims to provide drug courts with information about the nature of the disease of addiction and how MAT can be used to improve drug court outcomes. Read more...

 

Effective Substance Abuse Treatment
While an essential premise underlying the 10 Key Components of Adult Drug Courts, the elements constituting effective substance abuse treatment are not widely understood by many drug court practitioners, regardless of their professional discipline. This module will provide a framework for drug court practitioners to assess the degree to which their treatment components reflect these elements and research on effective behavioral interventions. Read more...

 

Using Assessment Effectively
An effective assessment process leads to better outcomes for adult drug court participants. However, many drug courts fail to conduct assessments at all and among those that do, there is often a disjoint between the assessment and the actual services provided. This module will address these and other questions.Read more...

 

Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
As noted in the 10 Key Components of Adult Drug Courts, drug courts should accept that participants will on occasion relapse to substance abuse during the course of their participation, particularly if they are clinically diagnosed as substance dependent or addicted. This module will address issues on relapse prevention.Read more...