The Racial and Ethnic Disparities Initiative (REDI) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) team from American University works with treatment courts on identifying and rectifying racial and ethnic disparities within their policies and procedures. This TTA focuses on bringing court’s policies and practices in alignment with the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, specifically, the standards of Equity and Inclusion and Monitoring and Evaluation.
The TTA team begins by assisting courts in completing the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool (RED tool) and obtaining their reports that offer recommendations on alleviating disparities. Court specific TTA is offered as an intensive type of assistance where the TTA team and expert faculty work with the entire court team to understand the needs of the program, address knowledge and resource gaps, and finally to create and implement a RED strategic plan to address the recommendations from the completed RED tool. Each virtual TTA session will include a combination of training from expert faculty who will incorporate the latest research developments in their presentations, and interactive activities to engage your entire team.
Courts should plan to work with the TTA team for a minimum of 3 months, and then an additional 3 months at least to implement goals developed during the TTA sessions. The TTA team will remain a resource for the court as they implement the plan and can provide one-off follow up sessions or consultations with team members as needed.
REDI TTA involves:
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