Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
The ATTC Network undertakes a broad range of initiatives that respond to emerging needs and issues in the treatment field. The Network is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to upgrade the skills of existing practitioners and other health professionals and to disseminate the latest science to the treatment community. They create a multitude of products and services that are timely and relevant to the many disciplines represented by the addiction treatment workforce.

Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University promotes the identification, prevention, and effective treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems in our society through research, education, training, and policy advocacy.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. BJA’s overall goals are to (1) reduce and prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse and (2) improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. To achieve these goals, BJA programs emphasize enhanced coordination and cooperation of federal, state, and local efforts. Among its many projects, BJA has substance abuse, mental health, information sharing programs.

Center for Court Innovation
Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice. The Center’s projects include: community courts, drug courts, reentry courts, domestic violence courts, and mental health courts.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
CSAT promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them.

eCourt: Technology Transfer and Integrated Systems in Drug Court Settings
Since the inception of the drug court concept, advocates have promoted the use of offender-level information as a means to adjust treatment and accountability requirements. This study, being conducted at University of Pennsylvania’s Treatment Research Institute will provide a platform to test technology transfer approaches for implementing and using a comprehensive and well-designed web-based management information system in Office of Justice Programs (OJP) funded drug courts.

Ensuring Solutions
For more information on the integrated approaches to treatment to improve traffic safety, see Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems’s Team Approach to Drug Treatment Shows Promise in Improving Traffic Safety and Finding Common Ground: Improving Highway Safety with More Effective Interventions for Alcohol Problems

Family Justice
Family Justice taps the natural resources of families, the collective wisdom of communities, and the expertise of government to make families healthier and neighborhoods safer. Since its founding in 1996, Family Justice has emerged as a leading national nonprofit institution dedicated to developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that benefit people at greatest risk of cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. Through advocacy, education, and research, Family Justice offers a range of systemic interventions that address complex issues of people living in poverty, such as substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. By providing extensive training and support to government agencies and community-based organizations, Family Justice helps families to unlock their potential to lead healthier and more productive lives.

Federal Drug Control Spending
Presents federal drug control spending over the FY 2002 to FY 2008 period. Resources are presented by major function (interdiction, international, law enforcement, prevention, and treatment). Information on the split between supply reduction and demand reduction spending is also shown.

Federal Judicial Center
The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) is the education and research agency for the federal courts. Congress created the FJC in 1967 to promote improvements in judicial administration in the courts of the United States. This site contains the results of Center research on federal court operations and procedures and court history, as well as selected educational materials produced for judges and court employees.

International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
The International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence is designed to stimulate thought in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence. It serves internationally as a clearing house and resource center regarding therapeutic jurisprudence developments.

Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University
The Institute of Behavioral Research (IBR) is a national research center for addiction treatment studies in community and correctional settings. IBR conducts research to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of programs for reducing drug abuse and related problems. The IBR uses their research to make intervention manuals, assessments, presentations, and other useful resources. Their website has over 400 free treatment resource files available to download.

Join Together
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Judicial Education on Substance Abuse: Promoting and Expanding Judicial Awareness and Leadership
This education program is a faculty guide designed to provide the teaching content and participant materials needed to conduct a program on alcohol, other drug abuse, and the dynamics of recovery. The program is intended as an introduction to substance abuse issues for judges who handle all types of cases, not just those who preside over drug courts. Module one explores substance abuse awareness. Module two addresses the nature of addiction, basic pharmacology, and principles of recovery. Module three offers strategies and tools for the courtroom.

Judicial Leadership Initiative
The JLI’s mission is to support and enhance the efforts of judges who have already taken leadership roles on criminal justice mental health issues and promote leadership among more judges to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

JEHT Foundation
JEHT stands for the core values that underlie the Foundation’s mission: Justice, Equality, Human dignity and Tolerance. The Foundation’s programs reflect these interests and values. The JEHT Foundation’s Criminal Justice Program ( works to bring the latest research and best practices to bear on efforts to make the criminal justice system a more effective mechanism for insuring public safety and guaranteeing fairness to individuals.

King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project
The King County Bar Association is leading a high-level partnership of lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, clergy, public health professionals, and other professionals in the state of Washington working for more effective ways to reduce the harm and costs of drug abuse. The principal objectives of this effort are: reductions in crime and public disorder; improvement of the public health; better protection of children; and wiser use of scarce public resources.
The King County Drug Policy Project examines public health approaches to drug abuse. The DPP promotes increasing the scope and effectiveness of drug addiction treatment programs by integrating systems and implementing evidence-based programs.

Legal Action Center
The Legal Action Center (LAC) is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. LAC makes available a wide range of publications of vital importance to people working in the areas at the heart of LAC’s mission – alcohol and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and criminal justice. LAC also offers educational materials that explain the requirements of the federal laws that mandate confidentiality of alcohol and drug patient records.

Confidentiality and Communication
An essential guide to the complex requirements of both the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules and the federal law protecting the confidentiality of people receiving treatment and other services for alcohol and drug problems.
Confidentiality Video Training Series: A Guide to the Federal Drug and Alcohol Confidentiality Laws
This unique three video series provides information on (1) requirements of the law, and some common mistakes made by program staff, (2) nine ways the law permits disclosures, including consents, court orders, and medical emergencies, (3) How to deal with criminal justice issues such as search warrants, and (4) how to handle patient information requests from managed care companies

National African American Drug Policy Coalition
The Coalition, comprised of 23 organizations representing lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, dentists, law enforcement, and other professionals embraces a framework for reciprocal cooperation in promoting more effective policies and practices to address drug abuse and addiction.

National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws provides training and technical assistance to states that are managing or are interested in implementing prescription drug monitoring programs. These programs monitor the prescription and disbursement of prescription drugs designated as controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. These programs reduce the probability of abusing prescription pain relievers because they reduce the supply of these drugs. States that have implemented law enforcement-oriented approaches to regulating prescription drugs have been effective in reducing prescription drug abuse.

National Center for State Courts Problem-Solving Courts Resource Center
Resources and links to National Center for State Courts products and services related to problem-solving courts.

National GAINS Center
The GAINS Center’s primary focus is expanding access to community-based services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system. The Center emphasizes the provision of consultation and technical assistance to help communities achieve integrated systems of mental health and substance abuse services for individuals in contact with the justice system.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. NHTSA provides leadership to the motor vehicle and highway safety community through the development of innovative approaches to reducing motor vehicle crashes and injuries.

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS)
Led by NIDA, CJ-DATS is a network of research centers, in partnership with criminal justice professionals, drug abuse treatment providers, and Federal agencies responsible for developing integrated treatment approaches for criminal justice offenders and testing them at multiple sites throughout the Nation.

National Institute of Health’s Office of Science Education

National Judicial College
The National Judicial College provides leadership in achieving justice by providing judicial education and professional development for our nation’s judiciary as well as for judges from other counties.

Office of Justice Programs
Since 1984, the Office of Justice Programs has provided federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. Through the programs developed and funded by its bureaus and offices, OJP works to form partnerships among federal, state, and local government officials to control drug abuse and trafficking; reduce and prevent crime; rehabilitate neighborhoods; improve the administration of justice in America; meet the needs of crime victims; and address problems such as gang violence, prison crowding, juvenile crime, and white-collar crime.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families.

Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP)
Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP) is a non-partisan group of the nation’s leading physicians and attorneys, whose goal is to promote and support public policy and treatment options that are scientifically-based, evidence-driven, and cost-effective. PLNDP has developed several resources including Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Public Health Priority,

Problem-Solving Justice Toolkit
This toolkit offers a blueprint for using the problem-solving approach, a form of differentiated case management for cases in-volving recurring contacts with the justice system due to underlying medical and social problems. A hallmark of the approach is the integration of treatment and social services with judicial case processing and monitoring. The toolkit includes a set of assessment questions to help courts determine the best path to implement a problem-solving approach and a set of implementa-tion steps for courts choosing to implement a formal problem-solving court program such as a community or mental health court.

Reclaiming Futures
Reclaiming Futures is an effective and innovative approach to helping young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. The mission of Reclaiming Futures is to promote new opportunities and standards of care in juvenile justice. 10 sites throughout the United States are reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to help these youth by providing more treatment, better treatment, and support beyond treatment.

Improved Care for Teens in Trouble with Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
This Reclaiming Futures report advocates for changes in the way teens in the justice system receive treatment for drug and alcohol problems.

Key terminology for communities developing alcohol and drug treatment programs in partnership with the juvenile justice system
This Reclaiming Futures report provides definitions for the terminology used in their report, Improved Care for Teens in Trouble with Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime.

A Model for Judicial Leadership
Judges from 10 juvenile courts around the country recently published a report for judges, court administrators, and other leaders to share the knowledge and experience they have gained through Reclaiming Futures. The 15-page report discusses the role of judicial leadership, the history of problem-solving courts, and the Reclaiming Futures approach. The document also contains 10 recommendations for judges and communities interested in adopting the ideas pioneered by Reclaiming Futures.

Building Community Solutions to Substance Abuse and Delinquency: Financing Collaborative Approaches and Challenges for Building Integrated Systems
A Reclaiming Futures report that addresses challenges to integrating the treatment and justice systems. It provides examples of promising models and resources for financing integrated approaches.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was created as a services agency to focus attention, programs, and funding on improving the lives of people with or at risk for mental and substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are best practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse that draw on the knowledge of clinical, research, and, and administrative experts. They are available at t.22441.

For more information about integrated systems and job training and placement, see Treatment Improvement Protocol 38 Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services.

Systems Integration
A overview paper from the Co-Occurring Center for Excellence that encourages the use of creative thinking to obtain and effective use funding and provides examples of successful initiatives in systems integration at the local and State levels.

Integrating State Administrative Records to Manage Substance Abuse Treatment System Performance
This document provides both implementation considerations and technical guidance for developing integrated-data systems to monitor performance and improve service quality. Its purpose is to enhance states’ familiarity with using integrated data as a management tool. Information Sharing and Confidentiality: A Legal Primer to Help the Community, the Bench and the Bar Implement Change in the Juvenile Justice System

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances – alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs in all sectors of society. The nonprofit organization aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives as well as remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

Criminal Neglect: Substance Abuse, Juvenile Justice and The Children Left Behind
A report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) about substance abuse and the state juvenile justice systems. This report calls for a top to bottom overhaul in the way the nation treats juvenile offenders, including creation of a model juvenile justice code, training of all juvenile justice system staff, diversion of juveniles from deeper involvement in juvenile justice systems, and treatment, health care, education, job training and spiritually based programs and services.

Crossing the Bridge: An Evaluation of the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison (DTAP) Program

No Safe Haven: Children of Substance-Abusing Parents
This study examines the connection between parental substance abuse and child abuse and neglect. It explores the consequences for parents and children and ramifications for policy and practice at the federal, state and local levels. It examines promising innovations within child welfare agencies and the courts focused on addressing parental substance abuse in families involved with the child welfare system. In the report, CASA recommends changes in policy and practice that would improve outcomes for children and families.

Research on Drug Courts: A Critical Review 2001 Update

This report by Steve Belenko, PhD for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse provides a review to drug courts and a list of drug court evaluations.

Treatment Research Institute
The Treatment Research Institute is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to reducing the devas-tating effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on individuals, families and communities by employing scientific methods and disseminating evidence-based information.

Treatment Research Institute Law and Ethics Program
The Law and Ethics program at the Treatment Research Institute evaluates the impact of criminal justice programs, legal policies, and ethical mandates on substance abuse clients, their families, and the community. The program develops tools to foster clinically suggested improvement in supervision of judicial clients, including a software system provides real-time information to drug court judges on client progress in treatment and training programs for judges are developed.

Unified Family Courts: Treating the Whole Family, Not Just the Young Drug Offender
The American Bar Association (ABA) developed six Unified Family Court (UFC) systems in three U.S. states and one territory and created a network of national groups to help educate the public about Unified Family Courts. UFCs combine the functions of family and juvenile courts to provide a comprehensive approach to treating and educating young drug offenders and their families.

University of Baltimore School of Law - Center for Families, Children and the Courts
Thier mission is to create, foster and support a national movement to integrate communities, families and the justice system in order to improve the lives of families and the justice system in order to improve the lives of families and the health of the community.

Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice works closely with leaders in government and civil society to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice. Vera develops innovative, affordable programs that often grow into self-sustaining organizations, studies social problems and current responses, and provides practical advice and assistance to government officials in New York