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Applications for the Adolescent Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Project are now closed. Applications may reopen late summer or fall.

The Adolescent Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Project

The Adolescent Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (AROSC) project is a multi-year endeavor for juvenile drug treatment courts that wish to lead the field in applying the principles of recovery capital to improve operations and enhance positive youth development. Six JDTC programs will be selected to participate in the AROSC project through a competitive application process.


This project is supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention through the U.S. Department of Justice.

About Recovery Capital

While there are several models, recovery capital generally refers to the varied internal and external resources that a person needs in order to build and maintain recovery for the long term. For most youth, the recovery process requires a range of supports across multiple domains to reduce risk. The AROSC project will focus on building recovery capital for youth in four specific areas: human, social, community/cultural, and financial.

Program Requirements

During this two-year project, selected programs will re-envision operations through a recovery-oriented lens. Each team will be assigned an NADCP coach to serve as its primary point of contact.

Among other requirements, selected programs will:

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of the AROSC Project

  • Complete a court self-assessment tool

  • Conduct a comprehensive community mapping exercise

  • Engage in strategic planning

  • Build relationships with community groups and local agencies

  • Recieve training on how to assess youth pre- and post-program to measure recovery capital

  • Implement new or refined staffing/court procedures centered on assessing and enhancing recovery capital elements

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the above efforts


A jurisdiction is encouraged to apply if it meets the minimum criteria below:

  • Has been operational for at least three (3) years

  • Accepts participants diagnosed with substance use disorder

  • All core JDTC team members agree to participate (e.g., judge, prosecution, defense, coordinator, school representative, treatment provider, probation)

  • Can identify and describe local, youth-oriented recovery resources

  • Has support from administration and other decision-makers

  • Is willing to engage in change processes and measure outcomes