NADCP Best Practices

NADCP Best Practices Vol II

Judges Code of Conduct

Updated Judicial Benchbook 2017

Clackamas County Adult Drug Court Key Report 2015

Myth versus Fact: Risks and Needs Assessments in the Criminal Justice System

Written by Dr. Cara Thompson, Multnomah County, OR


Web Sites

State Drug-Court-Associations/Current-State-Representatives


Program oriented

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Offers publications, webinars, online courses, past national conference materials, “Ask the Expert” consultation, and more via links to its National Drug Court Institute, National Drug Court Resource Center, and National Center for DWI Courts divisions.  Covers all types of treatment and problem solving courts including Veterans and DUII.

National Drug Court Online Learning System
From the Center for Court Innovation, offers expert presentations, practitioner interviews, virtual site visits, and a resource library covering all types of treatment courts and relevant topics.

American University School of Public Affairs – BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance
This institution’s Justice Programs Office maintains an expansive, searchable database of treatment court related publications.  Includes FAQs comprised of expert guidance informed by questions and responses from treatment courts across the nation.  Maintains listservs for practitioner information sharing.  Offers BJA grantee guidance and technical assistance for all types of treatment courts.

Center for Court Innovation
Offers statewide technical assistance in the areas of planning, operations, technology, evaluation, and institutionalization.  The website contains archived webinars and papers covering program areas of interest to individual courts as well.

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
A comprehensive selection of web pages, webinars, publications, links, and other resources for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

Adult Drug Court Research to Practice Initiative
Offers research-based video presentations, archived webinars and PowerPoint slides of general interest to drug court practitioners.  Includes treatment provision topics.

Drug Court Technology Resource Center
This URL leads to two related websites:  Drug Court Technology and Drug Court MIS.  The Technology overview site offers publications, virtual tours of four drug court information systems, and descriptions of technology tools for information sharing within programs.  The MIS site offers technical details on the design and development of MIS for drug courts, document downloads, and a listserv for peer discussion.

Justice system oriented

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Within this comprehensive juvenile justice site are found resources for juvenile drug and family courts including program studies, literature reviews, evidence-based outcomes, links, grant opportunities, and offer of technical assistance.

National Center for Juvenile Justice
This site is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges containing a publications library with research-based resources for juvenile and family dependency drug courts.

U.S. D.O.J. Bureau of Justice Assistance
While principally law enforcement oriented, this site houses an ample publications library addressing adult and juvenile drug, mental health, tribal, and family treatment court topics.

National Center for State Courts
Targeted toward court improvement, this site’s Publications & Library and Information & Resources tabs lead to publications covering drug, DUII, family, mental health, and veterans treatment courts.  Parent of Research 2 Practice.

National Institute of Justice
Under the U.S. D.O.J. Office of Justice Programs, the National Institute of Justice site houses the NIJ Multisite Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) and other research of the drug court model.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Also under the D.O.J. umbrella, the NCJRS site contains links to publications targeted to practitioners in drug, family, mental health, and tribal courts.

Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
This site is the official repository for Oregon’s emerging Specialty Court Standards and Peer Review program information.  Offers grant opportunities to support treatment courts and Oregon criminal justice system data.  Staff may provide ad hoc technical assistance.  Posts a statewide map of CJC funded specialty courts.

Treatment oriented

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Alongside its grant programs supporting drug courts, the SAMHSA site contains numerous publications advancing best treatment practices, including the TIP and TAP series.  Hosts the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Offers research publications and treatment provider guidance regarding drugs of abuse and their health effects, trends, and statistics.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Geared toward treatment providers, the ASAM site offers research and treatment publications, practice support, and other resources.  (Their White Paper on drug testing speaks primarily to medical application though addresses forensic application as well.)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Focused on a specific drug, alcohol, this site offers publications and multimedia presentations for clinicians and health care professionals.

Oregon Health Authority/Addictions and Mental Health
Offers various resources for treatment providers on topics including addiction, mental health, co-occurring disorders, and trauma informed care.  Tools for Providers links to the AMH training calendar.  Contains Oregon’s approved evidence-based practices list.  While here, or from any site, an embedded Google custom search for “drug court” will produce pages of links to Oregon’s drug courts, their documents, and related publications.

Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon
Maintains an active calendar of state and regional trainings and list of online and distance learning courses.

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Funded by SAMHSA, visitors can find the Northwest ATTCN for regional training opportunities, course links, and publications.  Links to offering online behavioral health courses

Research / Policy oriented

The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences. Read the executive summary.


Northwest Professional Consortium (NPC Research)
Our dear friends at NPC Research have gained national prominence in the field of drug court studies among their many other projects.  The site contains a copious number of reports and publications detailing study findings in areas of best and cost savings practices.

National Institute of Justice
Lists and rates justice programs and practices based on research-derived effectiveness.  Rating categories are, Effective, Promising and No Effects.  Searchable, it includes drug court programs themselves and common treatment programming.

Children and Family Futures
Focused on Family Drug Courts, offers publications, archived webinars, links to tutorials, and technical assistance.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Offers webinars and publications on co-occurring disordered youth in juvenile drug courts.  Partners with NCJFCJ.

The Justice Management Institute
Partially funded by BJA, the JMI website contains four original specialty court studies or reports.

Reclaiming Futures
This juvenile justice improvement organization’s website contains an archived webinar library covering adolescent substance abuse, brain development, and juvenile justice policy.

Vera Institute of Justice
This justice reform organization’s site offers an extensive, searchable resource library including material examining the intersection of substance abuse and justice system involvement.

State Associations of Drug Court Professionals

These association websites post state conference power point presentations and documents:







Other                                        YouTube

Contains a surprising amount of treatment court content.  Much is newsy or promotional but if you want to share Dr. Doug Marlowe’s excellent presentation on the science of incentives and sanctions with your team, you’ll find it here.