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Drug Courts

U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) – 2020

This fact sheet explains the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funds drug courts designed to help youth and families overcome the effects of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Since 2007, OJJDP has provided approximately $143 million to establish or expand juvenile drug treatment courts, family drug courts, and tribal juvenile healing to wellness courts. To enhance program effectiveness, the funds also support research and training and technical assistance. The fact sheet notes that between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, OJJDP awarded $60 million to drug court programs nationwide. The funding allowed the courts to provide services for youth and families with substance abuse challenges, specifically those related opioid abuse or co-occurring mental health disorders.