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The NCSC problem-solving court experts include practitioners and researchers with experience in all problem-solving court models.
Services we provide
Performance measurement for PSCs
Q&A: What type of evaluation is right for your court?
Mental Health Courts Performance Measures
Problem-Solving Courts: Models and Trends
Problem-Solving Justice Toolkit
A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center
Statewide Efforts for Problem-Solving Courts
States across the country are undertaking the challenge of developing governing documents to provide oversight and accountability for operating problem-solving courts, including best practices, guidelines, recommendations, standards, certification checklists, or rules.
An Overview of Statewide Efforts by Problem-Solving Court Type
The NCSC has compiled a reference table of current statewide efforts to operate, manage, guide, and hold accountable its problem-solving courts. View table
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
Current Problem Solving Court Projects
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.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania: Statewide. Conducting a process evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts and establishing performance measures to improve and enhance their performance.
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.
New Jersey: Statewide. Conducting a multi-year process and outcome evaluation of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage Family Drug Courts.
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Projects completed in 2014
New Jersey: Family Drug Court Evaluation for Morris/Sussex Vicinage.
Projects completed in 2013
Illinois: Court worker, probation officer, and treatment provider training, and the development and expansion of Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives for McLean County Court Services.
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