July 2018
Now Available to Watch
Do you want to involve law enforcement in your treatment court program or would you like to improve an existing relationship with police? NDCRC recently hosted a webinar that explored tools and strategies to energize law enforcement to engage with and promote treatment court programs. The webinar, "To Serve, Protect, and Treat: Law Enforcement and Treatment Courts," is now available to watch in its entirety. 
Sample Policies and Procedures
Many treatment courts use peer support programs or mentor programs to enhance their services and build their capacity. Peer support groups can help new participants navigate the treatment court program and understand court requirements. Peer mentors also serve as evidence that recovery is possible and act as an empathic ally during a difficult time. Mentors, in turn, have an opportunity to give back to the program that helped them and to support their own recovery by maintaining contact with the court's network.
 
To develop a peer support network, the Placer County Drug Court created the Mentor in Training Program (MIT) . The MIT program gives participants approaching graduation a chance to guide newer participants through the program, advance their own skills, and do good for others. Read the program's policies and procedures manual to learn more and use it as a model for your own program.
Reminder: Deadline Approaching
The deadline to submit articles for the latest issue of the   Drug Court Review   is fast approaching. Submissions are due   July 31, 2018 , and publication is expected in December 2018.

Changes in the fields of criminal justice, mental and behavioral health, medicine, and technology, as well as shifting trends in social problems highlight the need for treatment court programs to also evolve in their responses. As such, topics of particular interest to this issue of  Drug Court Review  include, but are not limited to:

  • Family-centered approaches
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Inter-tribal and/or multi-jurisdictional transfers
  • Rapid responses or immediate linkages to treatment
  • New/promising treatment modalities or program structures

Submissions can be sent to ndcrc@american.edu .
News from the
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
NADCP's  Advancing Justice is pleased to announce the launch of the   Journal for Advancing Justice , funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the US Department of Justice. This new journal provides justice and public health professionals, policymakers, academics, scholars, and researchers a forum to share evidence-based and promising practices on the most pressing issues facing the justice system today. 

The journal's inaugural volume is dedicated to "Identifying and Rectifying Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Treatment Courts." The six scholarly articles contained in Volume I include cutting-edge findings from the largest multisite studies conducted to date on disparities in treatment courts.  
News from Children and Family Futures
CFF is hosting Planning for Safe Care – What Your Family Drug Court Needs to Know about Serving Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders and Their Infants , a webinar on Tuesday, July 31 from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (PT). Nationally recognized family drug court judge John Rowley of New York’ Sixth Judicial District and women’s healthcare and addiction medicine expert Dr. Mishka Terplan will discuss best practices in the treatment of opioid use disorders and the unique healthcare needs of mothers and their infants. For more information on this and other FDC TTA Learning Academy webinars, visit www.cffutures.org/fdc-learning-academy/
News from Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Registration for the 8th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training is now open ! This three-day training is designed for adult, juvenile, family, and DUI tribal drug courts. Court team members, steering committee members, and tribal leadership are all invited to attend. Presentation topics will include the opioid crisis in Indian country, adolescent development and treatment, the inclusion of custom and tradition in court programming, the treatment of addiction as a disease, and more. Find the entire conference agenda, hotel information, and exhibitor information on the conference website .
Upcoming Events
The National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center ’s mission is to equip the drug court field with open access to a wide variety of resources and research, helping treatment courts run more effectively.
The  National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and operated by the Justice Programs Office (JPO) at American University. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse the content of this newsletter

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