Texas Drug Courts: Are the Ten Key Components Being Utilized?
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Purpose: The purpose of this research is threefold. The first purpose is to review the literature on the Ten Key Components of an ideal model for the administration of drug courts. The model and its components were developed by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The second purpose is to assess the extent to which Texas Drug Courts meet the criteria of the Ten Key Components. The third purpose is to provide recommendations to Texas Drug Courts on implementing the Ten Key Components. Method: The method relied upon for this applied research project is the survey instrument which was the sole method of data collection. The survey was sent to fifty-one Texas Drug Courts to measure the degree of adherence to the Ten Key Components. Results: Approximately 33% of Texas Drug Courts responded to the survey. Of the responses, most courts adhered to the Ten Key Components. Some key components had better adherence rates than others but approximately 50% of the Ten Key Components met the 80% benchmark set by the author. Conclusion: The recommendations made to Texas Drug Courts are consistent with applying the Ten Key Components as set forth by the NADCP. The recommendations also include consolidating some components and creating two additional components: a funding component and a State Drug Court Office component. Overall, Texas Drug Courts do adhere to the Ten Key Components, but some components are adhered to more than others.