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Innovation Brief: Implementing Evidence-based Practices in a Louisiana Juvenile Drug Court

Published Dec 8, 2014, LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice

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Operating since 2005, the 4th Judicial District’s juvenile drug court made a decision in 2009 to modify their screening, assessment, and treatment offerings based on newly emerging practice guidelines for adolescent substance abuse interventions. Significant effort went into identifying and adopting standardized screening and assessment measures and implementing evidence-based treatments in order to create and pilot a model for juvenile drug court. Families, as program partners and collaborators, were prioritized in program design as they are integral to a youth’s success.

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