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JSOVCU.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Shay Bilchik, Administrator
From the Administrator
The number of substance-abusing
youth who become involved in the
juvenile justice system is increasing.
Between 1992 and 1996 alone,
juvenile arrests for drug abuse
violations increased 120 percent.
Adolescent substance abuse and
delinquency share common issues
involving school, family, and peers.
The juvenile justice system must
develop and use innovative strategies
for early identification and intervention
for juvenile drug offenders entering
the system if we are to prevent—or
at least reduce—the serious conse-
quences that continued adolescent
substance abuse poses for troubled
youth, their families, and communities.
Capacity building is one such strategy.
It calls for committed interagency
collaboration in developing and
implementing effective services within
the unique context and supportive
environment of the community.
This Bulletin also features a discus-
sion of an OJJDP-funded project
conducted by the American Probation
and Parole Association in cooperation
with the Center for Substance Abuse
Treatment. It describes three innova-
tive methods that can be used by
juvenile justice professionals to
identify substance-abusing youth and
take appropriate steps to intervene.
I am pleased to share this information
with the juvenile justice field.
Capacity Building for
Tanya Dickinson and Ann Crowe
In late 1995, the American Probation
and Parole Association (APPA), in coop-
eration with the Center for Substance
Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preven-
tion (OJJDP), began work on a project de-
signed to bring innovative substance
abuse services strategies to juvenile pro-
bation and parole professionals. In addi-
tion to focusing on increasing skills for
working with subst