Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative

Applications for the 2019 Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative are now closed. We invite you to complete an application form to join the waitlist.

Drug courts are the most successful justice program for individuals with serious substance use disorders in our nation's history. The key to this success: training and fidelity to the drug court model.

The Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative is a facilitated six-month planning process for new and planned adult drug courts. Each jurisdiction will be required to complete pre-training worksheets, participate in pre-training webinars, attend a 3-day training program, maintain routine correspondence with program staff, and submit an adult drug court implementation plan and draft policy and procedure manual. NDCI will notify jurisdictions of training dates upon their acceptance. The three-day, on-site training program has been designed to educate participants with the building blocks of adult drug courts and develop a solid adult drug court implementation plan.


To participate in ADCPI, each community must identify eight individuals representing the following disciplines to form a drug court planning team:

  • Drug court coordinator
  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense counsel
  • Treatment provider
  • Community supervision representative
  • Law enforcement
  • Evaluator/researcher

BJA's investment in this training initiative is dependent upon active participation of all approved ADCPI team members. Upon acceptance into the training program, each participating team member must commit to the following:

  • Sign a letter of commitment
  • Complete all pre-training webinars
  • Attend the three-day training
  • Actively participate in all discussions and training breakouts
  • Identify an appropriate substitute if the need arises
  • Respond to all requests for information

In addition, the drug court coordinator must serve as the team point of contact for all ADCPI coordination activities. The coordinator will ensure all relevant information is disseminated to team members in a timely fashion, respond to requests for information, and coordinate with all ADCPI staff and faculty.


Using the waitlist link, enter the NADCP application portal. If this is your first application in the portal, click need a username and follow the instructions to set up your account. Once your account is set, log in to the portal to submit the selected application.

Using the portal allows you to save your application and return to it later. You can also view all previous application submissions.

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