February 2018
New Veterans' Newsletter
We launched a new monthly newsletter in January! The Veterans’ Justice and Mental Health Newsletter features publications, research, multi-media resources, policy changes, news items, and relevant opportunities related to behavioral health, mental health, and criminal justice issues faced by veterans and military personnel. Its mission is to inform policy, practice, and scholarship through the distribution of current veterans treatment court-related resources.  

NDCRC is building upon the work started by  Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton under the Veterans in the Courts Initiative. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue the informative effort started by Justice Stratton and thank her for entrusting us with the next phase of this work.  We hope the Veterans’ Justice and Mental Health Newsletter will assist the field in better serving those who serve us. 

Ready for Viewing: Webinar on the Opioid Crisis
NDCRC’s recent webinar, Responding to the Opioid Crisis: National and Local Approaches , was our most popular webinar yet! Over 200 attendees learned about current federal and local initiatives addressing the crisis, gained important knowledge for responding to opioid overdoses, and heard from treatment courts in action. The importance of compassion and humanity were not lost in the conversation. In the words of one panelist, it's important for those suffering from opioid use disorder to know that “they are innately valuable and that they as an individual matter to us.” If you weren’t able to attend the live session , it is now available through the Justice Programs Office YouTube channel.
Call for Interviews
Have you been following the podcast series On the Docket with NDCRC ? The series explores topics related to problem-solving courts and the fundamentals of addressing substance use and mental health within the criminal justice system. The next episodes of On the Docket will take a look at how treatment courts are responding to the opioid crisis. To do this, we need your help.

Do you work in a treatment court that is based in a community experiencing the opioid crisis and have a working relationship with first responders?
Are you a treatment provider in a treatment court that is based in a community experiencing the opioid crisis?

Please contact host and producer, Anna Koozmin, at koozmin@american.edu or (202) 885-3834, if you wish to share your experience!
News from Children and Family Futures
In case you missed the recent webinar from Children and Family Futures titled, “ National Strategic Plan for Family Drug Courts – One Vision, Three Goals to Serve More Families and Future Generations," it is now available online . Download a free copy of the National Strategic Plan for Family Drug Courts here !
Check out the Family Drug Courts (FDCs) Online Tutorials to discover how FDCs are strengthening families and improving outcomes. This self-paced learning tool is free and contains five modules on the latest best practices and research about FDCs . Register today
Explore the recently released series of briefs and case studies from Children and Family Futures’ Prevention and Family Recovery program to discover and use the cross-cutting lessons to replicate effective FDC practices in your jurisdiction!  
News from the Center for Court Innovation
Annie Schachar , the current Deputy Director of Treatment Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation , has been named Director of the Center’s Veterans Justice Initiatives . In this role, Ms. Schachar is working on a number of projects to advance awareness of and education about the issues facing justice-involved veterans. Ms. Schachar also oversees a federally funded research initiative to implement the nation’s first evidence-based risk-need assessment tool for veterans treatment courts. She can be reached at aschachar@nycourts.gov
Upcoming Events
The  National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center , funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and operated by the Justice Programs Office (JPO) at American University, strives to provide practitioners and professionals working in the drug court field with current resources and upcoming events.  Please email  ndcrc@american.edu  with any inquiries. 
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