NDCI uses a multi-tiered training curriculum, developed in conjunction with leading researchers in the field, to provide unparalleled instruction to Drug Court teams across the country.

Tier One: Design A Drug Court

The Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI) is designed for local jurisdictional teams planning to implement a local Adult Drug Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (THWC).


Tier Two: Know Your Role

The Comprehensive Drug Court Practitioner Training Series is discipline-specific instruction for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, defense attorneys, treatment providers and other key Drug Court professionals. 


Tier Three: Advanced Training

These advanced subject-matter trainings targets topical aspects of Drug Court operation to include:

  • How to Evaluate Drug Courts
  • Incentives & Sanctions: Re-Thinking Court Responses to Client Behavior
  • Treating and Supervising Meth Addicts in your Drug Court
  • Ensuring the Long-term Sustainability of Drug Courts
  • Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Operational “Tune-Ups”


Tier Four: Ask An Expert

Technical Assistance is provided by allowing practitioners to submit questions to experts on subjects/topics pertaining to working in a Drug Court program. 

Many courts and practitioners cannot attend NDCI trainings and those that do require additional support once they return to their jurisdictions.  In response to these needs, NDCI provides office-based technical assistance to Drug Court programs nationwide and internationally.  Averaging 30 events per month, this assistance can include one-on-one discussions, referral to experts and mentor courts, and direction to relevant research publications.



Since 1998, the NDCI has published numerous professional publications and issue-specific fact sheets, while offering an extensive library of Drug Court publications for dissemination to the field.  NDCI has:

  • Developed and disseminated 65 professional publications and fact sheets
  • Over 500,000 total publications distributed through trainings, mailing list dissemination and personal request
  • Over 100,000 individual requests for publications served to date
  • Disseminated newly-published resources to a growing mailing list of 42,000 Drug Court professionals and organizations, including: 100 colleges, universities, medical schools, health/research centers and law libraries
  • 10 Federal partners (BJA, NHTSA, NIJ, BJA, OJJDP, ONDCP, CSAT, DEA, FJC, GAO)

National Drug Court Resource Center (NDCRC) is a partnership between NDCI and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.

NDCRC’s mission is to be the central repository of Drug Court information virtual and hard-copy.  It provides “one-stop shopping” for Drug Court professionals to obtain sample forms, research updates, fact sheets, publications, and request training and technical assistance. NDCRC not only host materials by NADCP and its professional service branches, but also those materials from BJA  and other agencies that provide training and technical assistance to Drug and other Problem-solving Courts.
NDCRC, however, is more than just a clearinghouse of information.  It is also interactive.  One way it does this is through the webinar series, “Tune in on Tuesdays.” These webinars provides Drug Court practitioners with cutting-edge research on emerging problems and issues. They are hosted on a select Tuesday of each month and are accessible on the NDCRC website within 3 to 5 days.  NDCRC is also interactive through its online discussion board.


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