A former judge of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Oakland, California, Paul Seeman has been deeply involved with juvenile concerns such as serving as chair of the Alameda County Collaborative Juvenile Court and establishing the Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Drug Court. Paul Seeman also served as chair of the international committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).
Founded by a group of judges to enhance the delivery of services in the juvenile and family courts, NCJFCJ is a national judicial membership association. Since its establishment in 1937, the organization has established a solid track record of influencing positive changes in these courts. It receives funding from federal and state sources.
One of NCJFCJ’s initiative is the Juvenile Drug Court Learning Collaborative. This multi-year project involves juvenile treatment drug courts (JDCs) who desire among others to build capacity, implement appropriate program improvements, initiate strategic planning, help sustain programs and evaluate program performance. These JDCs or sites become the model for system change.
NCJFCJ selects the sites that can participate. These sites obtain ongoing coaching as well as training to institute meaningful changes to existing practices that will eventually lead to improved outcomes for the families and youths they serve. The results can be shared with other JDCs throughout the country.
Functioning since October 2014, there are currently 18 sites participating in the project. Funding comes from grants awarded by the Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention, a federal agency.