National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures

Contact: Monica Davis (midavis@email.arizona.edu)

This project is a multi-site national evaluation of the Juvenile Drug Court and Reclaiming Futures Initiative (JDC/RF) to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of juvenile drug courts. The initiative is aimed at rehabilitating nonviolent, substance-abusing youth by integrating two models, the Juvenile Drug Court: Strategies in Practice and the Reclaiming Futures models. We are implementing a cross-site evaluation plan with both quantitative and qualitative methods inclusive of process, outcome, and cost-effectiveness analyses that will provide a comprehensive and robust evaluation of the JDC/RF initiative to identify the factors, elements, and services that perform best with respect to outcomes and cost-effectiveness. This project is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through an interagency agreement with the Library of Congress.

Integration of the Juvenile Drug Court and Reclaiming Futures Models

The JDC/RF evaluation team seeks to examine what processes lead to effective integration of the two models. This requires an understanding of the problems the two models seek to address, the goals and objectives of integration, and the key activities and output and outcome measures which can be used to measure successful model integration. The following links include the Integrated Logic Model as well as presentations focusing on program integration:

Models for Success: An Integrated Approach for Juvenile Drug Court presented at Arizona Problem Solving Courts Conference, May 2013

National Cross Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures, Presented at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness Conference, April 2012

National Cross Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures, Presented at the Reclaiming Futures Project Director Fellowship Meeting, January 31, 2013

Key Findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of JDC/RF. Presented at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Marina del Rey, CA, Oct. 14-16, 2015. (Included in the Semi-Annual Report Dec. 2015).

Carnevale Associates, LLC and The University of Arizona - Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2016). National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: The Integrated JDC/RF Logic Model-Linking Program Implementation and Outcomes. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.

Evaluating the Impact of Adding Reclaiming Futures Approach to Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts combined with Reclaiming Futures/Juvenile Drug Evaluation Panel. Presented at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 19th Annual Training Conference, Washington, DC, July 15, 2013.

Performance Measurement and Quality: Integrating Performance Indicators into Everyday Practice. Presented at the Reclaiming Futures National Leadership Institute, New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2014 (Included in the Semi-Annual Report July 2014).

Key Findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures

Key Findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures Poster

Cross-Site Report: Modifications and Adaptations from Planned to Actual JDC/RF Integration and Implementation-Five Site Report

Cross-Site Report: JDC/RF Programmatic Processes-Five Site Report

The Concurrent Evolution and Intertwined Nature of Juvenile Drug Courts (JDC) and Reclaiming Futures (RF) Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform

Assessing Fidelity to a Logic Model: The National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures Experience

Guiding Systems-Level Change: Developing Comprehensive Plan for Integrating Innovative Programs into Drug Court

Juvenile Drug Court Strategies in Practice and Reclaiming Futures: An Integrated Logic Model

Integrated Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures Logic Model

Models for Success: An Integrated Approach for Juvenile Drug Court

Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation

The successful integration of the two models into existing systems of care can be challenging.  It is important to measure program performance along the way to ensure that the needs of the target population are being met in the most cost effective manner.

The following presentations from the National Cross-Site Evaluation focus on cost analysis and program evaluation:

The Changes in the Pattern and Cost of the Crime among Juveniles Presenting to Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts. Presented at College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Diego, CA, June 17, 2013.

Economic Evaluation of the JDC/RF Model. Presented at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Marina del Rey, CA, Oct. 14-16, 2015. (Included in the Semi-Annual Report Dec. 2015).

McCollister, K., Baumer, P., and The University of Arizona - Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2015). National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Cross-Site Report: Cost Analysis Overview and Results Narrative – March 2015. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.

Programmatic Factors Related to Outcomes in Juvenile Outpatient Treatment: Evaluation the Effectiveness of Juvenile Drug Courts

Creating Effective Evidence Collection Systems

Economic Analysis of an Integrated Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures Model: Methods and Results from Five Sites

Evaluating Impact, Monitoring Performance, and Analyzing Costs in a New Generation of Juvenile Drug Court

Performance Measures and Quality: Integrating Performance Indicators into Everyday Practice

Clients of Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures Programs

The JDC/RF Evaluation Team collects a variety of data on the clients served by these juvenile drug court programs.  These data are analyzed to determine a broad range of the characteristics of the clients being served, the activities clients regularly engage in, the resources available and utilized in the local community, and services clients receive as a result of program participation. The following links are reports from the National Cross-Site Evaluation on these data:

Gender and Ethnic Differences Among Youth Enrolled in Juvenile Drug Court Implementing Reclaiming Futures. Presented at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference, Washington, DC, April 19-22, 2016. (Included in the Semi-Annual Report Dec. 2015).

A System of Care Approach in Treating Substance Use Disorders Among Adolescents Girls.  Presented at the College of Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, June 11-16. 2016.

Addressing Gender-Based Differences in Victimization and Substance Use among Justice-Involved Youth. Poster Presented at the International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group Conference, Palm Springs, CA, June 10, 2016.

Addressing Gender-based Differences in Victimization and Substance Use Among Justice-involved Youth Presentation

Addressing Gender-Based Differences in Victimization and Substance Use Among Justice-Involved Youth Poster

Gender and Ethnic Differences Among Youth Enrolled in Juvenile Drug Court-Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF)

Gender Differencs in Adolescent Substance Abuse in the U.S.

Cross-Site Report: Education and Employment-March 2014

Cross-Site Report: Recruitment and Retention-March 2015

Cross-Site Report: Service Provision-March 2013

Cross-Site Report: Social Connectedness-June 2014

Individuals or Personnel Working With Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures Programs

The JDC/RF Evaluation Team also collects a variety of data on the individuals directly employed by and working closely with the juvenile drug court programs.  These data are analyzed to determine how staff are trained to provide service to youth and integrate the two models, as well as how the programs are perceived in the local professional community. The following links are reports from the National Cross-Site Evaluation on these data:

Informal Training Survey Tutorial, September-October 2012 Site Visits.

Formal Training Survey Tutorial, September-October 2012 Site Visits.

Service Data Survey Tutorial, September-October 2012 Sit Visits.

University of Arizona - Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2016). National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Cross-Site Report: Informal Training - July, 2016 - Eight Site Report. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.

The University of Arizona – Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2015).  National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures Cross-Site Report: Formal Training-March 2016: Eight Site Report. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.21

The University of Arizona - Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2015). National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Final Cross-Site Report: Community Resources Available and Utilized - February 2015: Five Site Report. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.

The University of Arizona – Southwest Institute for Research on Women (2016). National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Cross-Site Report: Community Resources Available and Utilized-June 2016: Eight Site Report. The University of Arizona: Tucson, Arizona.

Cross-Site Report: Perceptions of Changes to Juvenile Drug Court Service Matching during Reclaiming Futures Model implementation-July 2015: Five Site Report

Formal Training Report: Five Site Report: September 2015

Cross-Site Report: Informal Training-July 2015: Five Site Report

Cross-Site Report: Organizational Cultural & Linguistic Competency-July 2015

Engaging Family and Community in Juvenile Drug Court and Implications for Policy

Cross-Site Report: Collaboration, Engaging Families, and Recommendations to Improve Matching Clients to Services-June 2014

Cross-Site Report: Evaluation of Drug Court/Change Team-March 2015

Cross-Site Report: Perceptions of JDC/RF Programs-September 2014

Policy Briefs from the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures

Integrating Juvenile Drug Court and Reclaiming Futures: Outcomes & Policy Implications

Community Engagement in Juvenile Drug Court: Lessons Learned

Findings from the Economic Analysis of JDC/RF: Policy Implications for Juvenile Drug Courts

Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Court: Lessons Learned

Merging Reclaiming Futures into Juvenile Drug Courts: Lessons Learned for Implementation

Publications from the National Cross-Site Evaluation

Drug Court Review Guest Issue: Findings from the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures

Meeting Treatment Needs: Overall Effectiveness and Critical Components of Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures Programs in the Journal of Juvenile Justice

Other National Cross-Site Evaluation Research

In this presentation, Dr. Rodney Haring (Seneca Nation), a member of the JDC/RF qualitative analysis team, discusses what researchers and treatment providers should consider when working with Native Americans, including historical environmental influences, confidentiality, tribal differences and styles of communication.

 

SIROW wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the evaluation sites and the evaluation partners, Chestnut Health Systems and Carnevale Associates LLC to this National Cross-Site Evaluation.  In addition, SIROW is appreciative of support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Final Report

National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures: Final Report, December 2015

 

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