May 2018
May Is National Drug Court Month!
National Drug Court Month is an opportunity for the treatment court field, professionals, organizations, and allies, to raise awareness about the meaningful impact of treatment courts. NDCRC is celebrating all month long! We are sharing the ways in which treatment courts can positively affect recidivism, treatment completion, and the communities and individuals they serve. Follow us on Twitter to celebrate and share with us!
Now on Air: NDCRC with Just Science
To celebrate the start of National Drug Court Month, NDCRC’s Project Director, Preeti Menon, spoke with Forensic Technology Center of Excellence's Just Science podcast on the significant value of drug courts.

They discussed how the treatment court model improves outcomes for individuals and communities by lowering recidivism rates and increasing successful treatment completion. They also talked about the growing opioid crisis and the steps treatment courts are taking to respond to its devastation .

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Law Enforcement and Treatment Courts
How can law enforcement officers be a key asset to your court and help to advance your mission? Join us for " To Serve, Protect, and Treat: Law Enforcement and Treatment Courts" via WebEx on Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to learn!

Treatment courts strive to combine effective justice approaches with clinical services, and law enforcement officers are vital to achieving this goal. They are often the first point of contact for people entering the criminal justice system and are in a unique position to affect future treatment options. Explore tools and strategies to engage law enforcement with your treatment court by registering for the webinar today!
Drug Court Review Now Accepting Manuscripts
The  Drug Court Review  invites manuscripts for an upcoming issue focusing on  innovative treatments and programming utilized by specialized court programs.

Treatment courts, in their goals and structure, are innately innovative. They have long sought to address the root causes of criminal behavior and advance research-informed solutions. Since the inception of the treatment court movement, however, there have been great shifts in the criminal justice field, mental health treatment, and sociological research. Treatment courts must evolve along with these changes. This issue of the Drug Court Review seeks to explore new solutions applied in treatment court, especially in the following areas:

  • 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 are due July 31, 2018, and publication is expected in December 2018.
News from Children and Family Futures
Children and Family Futures (CFF) has announced that the second webinar of its 2018 Learning Academy series will be held on June 14 at 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT. The webinar will focus on developing supportive systems for families affected by the opioid epidemic, including pregnant and parenting women and their infants with prenatal substance exposure. Learn more on the CFF website.

CFF and the National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams will be conducting a program to address the needs of infants, young children, and families affected by substance use disorders. Selected courts will design, implement, and test new and innovative approaches with the assistance of dedicated training and technical assistance teams. Evaluation findings and lessons from the program will provide the field and local courts across the country with valuable information on the most effective multi-system strategies and approaches to improve the way in which parents, caregivers, and children are served. Read more on the CFF website.
NDCRC, TLPI, and CFF at the 2018 NADCP Annual Conference!
NDCRC is excited to join our partners and friends at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Conference (NADCP). Don't miss out on the workshops we are hosting; the session topics include judicial leadership, the relationship between prosecutors and defenders, effective communications for drug court programs, and more. Read more about our workshops here . Also, look for NDCRC at our resource table to snap up thumb drives loaded with our most popular resources and other information.

Also look for the Children and Families Program , a partnership between CFF and NADCP to develop 12 workshops and plenary sessions focused on better meeting the needs of children and families. These sessions will cut across all types of drug courts to bring a family-focus to treatment and recovery. CFF will also explore opportunities to apply the effective practices of family treatment courts (FTCs) to the larger child welfare population, creating a continuum of care. The vision is that FTCs will be a part of larger systems change in their states and communities so that all families can access the services and supports they need to successfully achieve recovery and family safety. For more information, please contact .  

Join the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) for the Tribal Track! TLPI will be hosting the Tribal Nations Forum, as well as presenting on family healing to wellness courts, housing and transportation in Indian Country, the staffing and the hearing, ethics in healing to wellness courts, and integrating custom and tradition.
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