March 2019
Introducing the Drug Court Review
To mark National Criminal Justice Month, NDCRC has released our inaugural issue of the Drug Court Review . This peer-reviewed journal was established to promote research on issues relevant to the treatment court field.

The winter issue focuses on developing a deeper understanding  of veterans treatment courts (VTCs). The issue is a curated compilation of research articles, a practitioner note, and a legal commentary designed to increase knowledge about VTCs and call attention to areas in need of inquiry or further consideration.  

News from The Tribal Law and Policy Institute 
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training which is scheduled to take place September 10-12, 2019 in Palm Springs, CA. TLPI invites you to share your expertise, experience, and/or research with the key movers and shakers of the Wellness Court field. Workshop proposals could include best practices in tribal justice, collaboration, and service delivery that enhance the capacity for adult, juvenile, family, and/or DUI/DWI Healing to Wellness Courts. Workshop proposals are due April 30, 2019. You can view 2018-2012 presentation materials online here Please visit for more information.

TLPI and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals' Justice for Vets (JFV) are jointly hosting the Tribal Veteran Wellness Court Symposium being held on August 2019 in Billings, Montana. TLPI and JFV are calling for papers, including essays and articles ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 words, on the variety of topics touching on Tribal Veterans Wellness Courts. More information can be found here.  
News from Children and Family Futures
Many family treatment courts (FTCs) are challenged with effectively responding to participant behavior.  The complexities of supporting real behavior change and providing accountability to achieve the goals of recovery and safe parenting require a renewed mindset towards sanctions and incentives   Join the National Family Drug Court Program (FDC) for a Café Conversation that will explore key considerations on responding to participate behavior and the wide range of responses available. The conversation will highlight the most recent research and explore hot topics surrounding sanctions and incentives, such as use of jail, phase advancement, and termination. Numerous learning opportunities and resources will be provided to attendees before and after the event to enhance learning Learn more and register here .
For more information about the FDC Learning Academy Webinar Series, please visit
News from the Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation will host a national roundtable discussion in Washington D.C. March 25 and 26 to explore the essential elements of opioid courts and similar court-based responses to the opioid epidemic. The roundtable builds upon the Center's ongoing collaboration with the New York State Unified Court System, which is planning and implementing opioid courts throughout the state and developing guidelines for opioid court operation. The roundtable will involve a select group of national leaders, including the founders of the Buffalo Opioid Court, and a variety of experts on opioid use disorders, overdose prevention, and justice system interventions. Following the roundtable, the Center will lead the development of a national publication offering recommended practices for opioid courts and other court-based opioid intervention programs. The Center looks forward to sharing the results of this discussion with the justice reform field at large.
March 28 - 29, 2019
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