For over ten years, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals has coordinated National Drug Court Month. Each May, Drug Courts, DWI Courts, and Veterans Treatment Courts celebrate their success and unparalleled contribution to society by holding special events. Visit the 2014 National Drug Court Month Resource Center to learn more.
With the growing prevalence of substance abuse among juveniles and the complexity of their treatment, which must involve both the child and his or her living environment, the traditional juvenile justice process may be unable to deal effectively with the whole problem that leads juveniles to commit drug offenses.
The juvenile drug court approach is designed to fill this gap by providing immediate and continuous court intervention in the lives of children using drugs or involved in family situations in which substance addiction is present. This intervention includes requiring the child, and often the family, to begin treatment, submit to frequent drug testing, appear at regular and frequent court status hearings, and comply with other court conditions geared to accountability, rehabilitation, long-term sobriety, and cessation of criminal activity.
The enhancements introduced by the juvenile drug court process include:
California's first juvenile drug court began in Tulare County
in 1995. Today there are forty-eight juvenile drug courts in
1Excerpted from American University, Juvenile Drug Courts: Preliminary Report (May 1, 1997) p. 2
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs: Drug Court Programs Fact Sheet