Quality Improvement for Drug Courts: Evidence-Based Practices--Chapters 1 and 2

About the Course:

This monograph presents a general overview of the research on effectively treating the drug court client. It also elucidates the kinds of issues that a drug court administrator and supervisor should consider in developing Request for Proposals for treatment services and identifying additional resources to better serve drug court participants. Focusing on quality improvement in order to better engage, retain, and graduate more clients in the drug court process requires understanding and utilizing the evidence and research. This course covers Chapters 1 and 2 and addresses the topics of drug court screening and evaluating the effectiveness of addiction treatment. This course covers adobe pages 11-30.


National Drug Court Institute

Publication Date:

April 2008


Kevin Knight, Ph.D., Patrick M. Flynn, Ph.D., D. Dwayne Simpson, Ph.D.; A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Kevin Knight, Patrick M. Flynn, and D. Dwayne Simpson
are associated with Texas Christian University.

A. Thomas McLellan is associated with the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about drug court screening and evaluating the effectiveness of addiction treatment. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the drug court screening process, including what should be screened and factors to consider when selecting screening instruments.

  2. Discuss what constitutes effective addiction treatment, including appropriate goals, and identify the principles and components of evidence-based treatment.

  3. Identify evidence-based treatment interventions and important treatment-related health and social services.

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