Highlights from National Drug Court Month 

Thank you for sharing your inspiring success stories with us over the past month. Together, we highlighted the perseverance of participants, such as Ho-Chunk Nation Wellness' Court graduate Henu Garvin and graduates from Montrose Combined Courts Drug Court, celebrated several graduations, such as the Eighth Circuit Drug Court in Mississippi, and honored practitioners like you who are making a difference every day. 

To see more inspiring stories from National Drug Court Month, check out JPO's Facebook page or follow the hashtag #NationalDrugCourtMonth on Twitter. 
Join the JDTC Interactive Listserv! 

The juvenile drug treatment court (JDTC) interactive listserv is a way for you to connect with other practitioners in the field. If you have an issue that you are struggling to address in your court or program, chances are someone else has dealt with it too. This listserv gives you an opportunity to connect to the nation-wide juvenile drug treatment court community, ask questions of others in the field, assist other juvenile drug treatment courts and programs address their concerns, and share resources on issues unique to the JDTC field. To sign up, send an e-mail to jdtc@american.edu with “Subscribe to listserv” in the subject line.

For more information on the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Project at the Justice Programs Office at American University, go to www.au-jdtc.org
New Project Director for National Drug Court  Resource Center
The  Justice Programs Office (JPO) , a center within American University's School of Public Affairs, is pleased to announce that Preeti Menon will be the new Project Director for the National Drug Court Resource Center. Preeti has been a staple at JPO since 2014, having previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as a Policy Advisor on Adjudication for the Bureau of Justice Assistance and as a Social Science Program Specialist for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She was JPO's Interim Director in the summer 0f 2016 and  now serves the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships.  For more about Preeti, click here 

Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference 2017

Thank you to the LADCP for giving The National Drug Court Resource Center the opportunity to meet with the great drug court professionals in Louisiana at the LADCP Conference. The NDCRC had a wonderful time sharing our resources with practitioners and JPO Consultant gave a riveting presentation on "Doing Time or Doing Treatment and Change."

JPO Consultant Julie Baldwin Publishes Article on VTC Participants

The National Drug Court Resource Center is pleased to announce that Julie Baldwin, JPO consultant and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University, recently published an article in Criminal Justice Policy Review. The article, “Whom Do They Serve? A National Examination of Veterans Treatment Court Participants and Their Challenges,” delves into the personal and military characteristics of Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) participants, as well as the legal, extralegal, and programmatic challenges they face. A truly fascinating look at the types of individuals accessing VTC services, Dr. Baldwin’s article is well worth the read.

For those attending NADCP’s Annual Training Conference in July, Dr. Baldwin is scheduled to present as a panelist in the session Veterans Treatment Courts: Lessons Learned through Research on Monday, July 10th at 3:15pm. This interactive session will look at the evolution of VTCs from the perspectives of both practitioners and the researchers, and highlight some of the emerging questions and research revolving around the development of VTCs. Additionally, this session will highlight the importance of research in program sustainability and policy development.

Rural Drug Court Listserv

Do you have a question for the field? Looking for creative solutions to a problem you've been experiencing in your drug court?  The Rural Drug Court Listserv is an active outlet to bounce ideas off of others working in the drug court arena.  Topics that have been recently discussed on the listserv include:
  • Incentive ideas
  • Physician involvement
  • Support group compliance methods
  • Department of Corrections and drug court relationship
To join, please email justice@american.edu with "Subscribe to Rural Drug Court Listserv" in the subject line.
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.