Problem solving courts

Community Courts

Red Hook Community Justice Center

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has released a major research report evaluating the Red Hook Community Justice Center, which concludes that the community court model can reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in a cost-efficient way. The report, A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, marks the third community court evaluation by NCSC researchers. Funding for the Red Hook evaluation was provided by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Previous community court evaluations include:

Census of Problem-Solving Courts

In this project, the NCSC will compile programmatic data on all problem-solving courts nationwide. The census will be the first to capture such data in order to better understand the wide array of problem-solving courts and their practices. Census questions will focus on key components of problem-solving courts including: underlying social problems addressed, community collaboration, and services offered. Funded by Bureau of Justice Statistics, the data are expected to be released for public access in 2014.

For questions, email the Project Director Nicole Waters, or call her at 800-616-6109.

Mental Health Courts

  • The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has produced an interdisciplinary curriculum, Developing a Mental Health Court, which brings together national experience and expertise to introduce key concepts for mental health courts and other collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems. More information and course access.
  • Mental Health Court Performance Measures (MHCPM) is a set of 14 performance measures that offers court managers and administrators a tool to monitor the performance of mental health courts.

Current Problem Solving Court Projects

Adult Drug

Florida: Miami-Dade County. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant funded activities implemented in the Miami-Dade Adult Drug Court including a randomized trauma treatment experiment.

Illinois: Cook County. Developing an evaluation plan for the Access to Community-Based Treatment (ACT) Court.

Illinois: McLean County. Conducting a three-year process and impact evaluation of the Adult Drug Court and the Recovery Court (a Mental Health Court.)

Indiana: Madison County. Conducting a process evaluation of the unified problem solving court (administratively unified mental health, re-entry, and drug court dockets) and provide recommendations on how to equip the program for an outcome/impact evaluation.

Kansas: Wyandotte County. Conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Wyandotte County’s Adult Drug Court.

Nebraska: Statewide. Conducting a 36-month project to develop evidence-based standards for Nebraska’s Adult Drug and DUI Courts, and to facilitate their implementation with fidelity by providing a supporting information infrastructure along with statewide training and/or technical assistance to drug court teams.

Texas: El Paso County. Conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the West Texas Adult Treatment Court Collaborative, encompassing Adult Drug Court, DUI Court and Re-Entry Court.

Utah: Statewide. Developing statewide performance measures for Utah’s Adult Drug Treatment Courts, as well as conducting a process evaluation of selected Drug Courts and an outcome evaluation of selected courts.

Virginia: Chesterfield County. Examining program practices that impact the long-term outcomes of Chesterfield County’s Adult Drug Court.

Virginia: City of Norfolk. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant-funded activities implemented in the Norfolk Adult Drug Court, Norfolk Mental Health Court and Norfolk Re-Entry Court.

West Virginia: Statewide. Developing statewide performance measures for West Virginia’s Adult Drug Treatment Courts, as well as conducting a process evaluation of selected drug courts and an outcome evaluation of selected courts.

Wisconsin: Statewide. Developing a statewide performance measurement system with an accompanying descriptive specification manual and conducting an evaluability assessment in preparation for an outcome evaluation.

Juvenile Drug

Florida: Miami-Dade County. Conducting a baseline program assessment, process evaluation, project implementation assessment and outcome evaluation in the Juvenile Drug Court.

Washington: Snohomish County. Conducting a three-year process and impact evaluation of Snohomish County’s Reclaiming Futures initiative.

DUI / DWI

Nebraska: Statewide. Conducting a 36-month project to develop evidence-based standards for Nebraska’s DUI and Adult Drug Courts and to facilitate their implementation with fidelity by providing a supporting information infrastructure along with statewide training and/or technical assistance to drug court teams.

New Mexico: Bernalillo County. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant-funded activities implemented in the Bernalillo County DWI Drug Court and Bernalillo County Mental Health Court.

Texas: El Paso County. Conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the West Texas Adult Treatment Court Collaborative, encompassing DUI Court, Adult Drug Court and Re-Entry Court.

Virginia: Statewide. Conducting a statewide impact and cost-benefit evaluation of Virginia’s DUI Courts.

Mental Health

Arizona: Statewide. Conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of the Mental Health Courts (also includes specialized probation caseloads) currently operational in Arizona.

Illinois: McLean County. Conducting a three-year process and impact evaluation of the Recovery Court (a Mental Health Court) and the Adult Drug Court.

New Mexico: Bernalillo County. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant-funded activities implemented in the Bernalillo County Mental Health Court and Bernalillo County DWI Drug Court.

Virginia: City of Norfolk. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant-funded activities implemented in the Norfolk Mental Health Court, Norfolk Adult Drug Court and Norfolk Re-Entry Court.

Veterans

Pennsylvania: Statewide. Conducting a process evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts and establishing performance measures to improve and enhance their performance.

Re-entry

Texas: El Paso County. Conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the West Texas Adult Treatment Court Collaborative, encompassing Re-Entry Court, DUI Court and Adult Drug Court.

Virginia: City of Norfolk. Conducting an evaluation of the Adult Re-Entry Court that employs a randomized experimental design and utilizes a database largely designed by NCSC.

Virginia: City of Norfolk. Conducting a three-year evaluation of the impact of grant-funded activities implemented in the Norfolk Re-Entry Court, Norfolk Mental Health Court and Norfolk Adult Drug Court.

Family

New Jersey: Statewide. Conducting a multi-year process and outcome evaluation of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage Family Drug Courts.

Past projects > 2013 |2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004

Projects completed in 2013

National: Research to Practice Project

Arkansas: SWIFT Court Implementation Assessment

New York: Red Hook Community Justice Center Evaluation

Projects completed in 2012

National: MHC Curriculum Development. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has produced an interdisciplinary curriculum, Developing a Mental Health Court, which brings together national experience and expertise to introduce key concepts for mental health courts and other collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems.

District of Columbia: Superior Court DUI and Prostitution Court.

Virginia: Chesterfield Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Video Project and Adult Drug Court Impact and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Projects Completed in 2011

Puerto Rico: Evaluation of the Drug Court Management Information System for the Office of Courts Administration.

Projects completed in 2010

National: Mental Health Court Performance Measures (MHCPM) is a set of 14 performance measures that offers court managers and administrators a tool to monitor the performance of mental health courts.

Kansas: Adult Drug Court Feasibility Study

Minnesota: District Court’s New Beginnings Program at Elk River, Sherburne County

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Community Court Evaluation (Draft report)

Projects completed in 2009

National: Based on a review of seven mental health courts across the nation, the NCSC developed a communication model that effectively integrates the concerns of all members of the MHC team, both internal and external to the court. The project resulted in a set of best practices that foster better managed MHCs, generates cultural changes suitable for MHCs within the criminal justice system, and encourages multi-disciplinary trust and cooperation among the MHC team.
Mental Health Court Culture: Leaving Your Hat at the Door.  Executive Summary  | Full report

District of Columbia: Process Evaluation of the Fathering Reentry Court

Nebraska: Develop Statewide Performance Measures for Drug Courts

Pennsylvania: Develop Statewide Drug & DUI Court Performance Measures

Projects completed in 2008

National: Performance Measurement of Drug Courts: The State of the Art (2008). This Statewide Technical Assistance (TA) Bulletin updates the volume published in 2004 that described the methodology used by the National Center for State Courts to develop Statewide Performance Measurement Systems for the drug courts of several states.

Colorado: Performance Measures for Teen Court

Delaware: Strategies to Strengthen Juvenile Drug Courts

Florida: Plan for the Statewide Evaluation of Florida’s Drug Courts

Kentucky: Statewide Adult Drug Court Performance Measures

Michigan: Statewide Standards for Drug Courts

North Dakota: Statewide Treatment Standards for Juvenile Drug Courts

Oregon: Long-term Administration and Evaluation Plan for Drug Courts

Projects Completed in 2007

Hawai’i: Statewide Drug Courts Evaluation, Phase 2

North Carolina: Outcome Evaluation of Cumberland County Safe-Link Integrated Domestic Violence Court for the Administrative Office of the Courts

Wyoming: Drug Court Evaluation Plan for the Department of Health Substance Abuse Division

Projects Completed in 2006

Hawai’i: Statewide Drug Court Process Evaluation, Phase 1

Missouri: Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Drug Court Evaluation

Projects Completed in 2004

National: Drug Court Program Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Development of Training Programs on Drug Court Evaluation Concepts and Strategies

Colorado: Evaluation of the DUI/DWAI System

Georgia: Evaluation of the Carroll County Drug Court

Michigan: Establishment of Evaluation Criteria and development of an RFP for the Adult Drug Treatment Court in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Oakland County

Michigan: Drug Court Case Management System RFP for the Administrative Office of the Courts

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