The National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) is a Professional Services Branch of NADCP. Since commencing operation in 1998, NDCI has emerged as the preeminent source of research-driven training and technical assistance for Drug Court and Problem Solving Court professionals.

Education – Developed in conjunction with leading researchers and experienced Drug Court practitioners. NDCI seeks to improve Drug Court operations through a tiered training series.

Tier 1: Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI) Training
Designed for local jurisdictional teams planning to implement an Adult, Family and/or DWI Drug Court.

Tier 2: Comprehensive Drug Court Practitioner Training
Discipline-specific instruction for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, defense attorneys, probation & parole, treatment providers and other key drug court professionals.

Tier 3: Advanced Subject-Matter Training
These sessions target topical aspects of Drug Court operation, including:

  • Incentives & Sanctions: Rethinking Court Responses to Client Behavior
  • Ensuring the Long-Term Sustainability of Drug Courts
  • Treating and Supervising Methamphetamine Addicts in Your Drug Court
  • Operational “Tune-Up”

Tier 4: Onsite and Office-Based Technical Assistance (TA)

Research Findings  – NDCI supports investigative projects aimed at the development of more effective Drug Court and Problem Solving Court policies and procedures.

Publications – NDCI disseminates important Drug Court specific publications aimed at improving court operations.

NDCI is supported by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, and the National Institute of Justice; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; and the State Justice Institute.