SCRC Training & Technical Assistance Bureau

What is the Specialty Court Resource Center Training and Technical Assistance Bureau?

In 2016, the Texas Judicial Council adopted the National Association of Drug Court Professional’s Adult Best Practice Standards as statewide standards (Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards) for adult drug courts. In 2020, the Texas Judicial Council adopted the National Association of Drug Court Professional’s Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards as statewide standards effective June 1, 2022 (Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards) for family drug courts. To ensure that specialty courts achieve and maintain fidelity to the adopted statewide standards, the Specialty Court Resource Center has developed the SCRC TTA Bureau.

The SCRC TTA Bureau allows specialty court practitioners to access training and technical assistance from local specialty court experts. The SCRC TTA Bureau consists of treatment court experts from across Texas who have successfully implemented the national standards in their own courts and have been recognized by their peers as sources of knowledge and expertise. This sustainable learning community of local judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, coordinators, case managers, probation staff, treatment providers, law enforcement, and recovery experts will support jurisdictions’ efforts to achieve the state’s best practices standards by providing tailored, role-based training and technical assistance. The training and technical assistance is comprehensive and specific to each individual program’s needs and will help specialty courts develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices.

Specialty court practitioners can request training and technical assistance from the SCRC website or by calling the SCRC project manager, [Amber Gregory – agregory@shsu.edu]. The SCRC project manager will work with the specialty court coordinator to match the court with the appropriate local expert and coordinate the TTA.

Targeted training: A comprehensive training plan will be developed to address your specialty court’s needs based on your court’s training plan. The training plan may include an on-site workshop, webinars, remote assistance, and additional resources.

Targeted follow-up: Achieving fidelity to the standards takes time. The TTA Bureau can provide ongoing remote assistance to keep the momentum and help your team succeed. These experts will be available to help problem-solve and check in on your court’s progress as you move through your training plan.

 

The SCRC TTA Bureau is seeking nominations for specialty/treatment court experts, across Texas, who have successfully implemented the national standards in their own courts and have been recognized by their peers as sources of knowledge and expertise.