May is National Drug Court Month!

We are celebrating National Drug Court Month this May and we want to hear from you!

In honor of National Drug Court Month, the National Drug Court Resource Center would like to highlight some of the things you celebrate about drug courts to show why they matter.  Please send an email to ndcrc@american.edu responding to any of the following:
  • Tell us about a meaningful participant success story. 
  • Why are drug courts important to you?
  • What piece of advice would you give to other practitioners working in drug courts?
Over the next month, we will be sharing your responses to bring attention to these invaluable programs.  If your drug court has a Facebook or Twitter page, please include that information so we can tag you in anything we share!  

Check out National Association of Drug Court Professional's 2017 Field Kit for National Drug Court Month.
New Website for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
The  Justice Programs Office (JPO) , a center within American University's School of Public Affairs, is pleased to announce its  new website  developed for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTC) through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice. The JDTC Initiative website provides a direct way for programs to  request training and technical assistance  and information regarding the OJJDP  solicitation  for the FY 2017 Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program. The new website includes a variety of  resources  for JDTC programs and teams. These resources cover topics including substance use disorder, adolescent development, community and school involvement, evidence-based practices, and other pertinent topics to the juvenile justice field. The website also highlights  OJJDP's new JDTC Guidelines ,  JDTC-specific listserv ,  events calendar  for trainings, webinars, conferences, solicitation deadlines related to JDTCs, and a  news  section that highlights news stories about the juvenile justice field. 

Follow this link to explore the new JDTC Initiative website!
WEBINAR THIS FRIDAY

Webinar on Hispanics and Latinos in Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Recovery

The National Drug Court Resource Center will be hosting a webinar on Hispanics and Latinos in Adult Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Recovery. With material presented by Diana Padilla, Program Manager for NDRI, and Joseph R. Madonia, former Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, this interactive webinar is on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST and will include a question and answer session at its conclusion. This webinar will provide a review of the scope of the problems that vary throughout states and how cultural humility principles can be integrated to work with participants' cultural perspectives to support and sustain their recovery process.  To provide practitioners with culturally informed processes that can augment their skill sets and consequently outcomes for Hispanic and Latino drug court participants, this webinar will cover:
  • How Hispanic and Latino culture is layered within behavior
  • Major components of cultural humility as a process for practice
  • Effective strategies currently used in drug courts with Hispanic and Latino participants 

To register for this webinar, please click on the button below.

Center for Court Innovation Fact Sheet: Statewide Strategic Planning for Problem-Solving Courts

The Center for Court Innovation has recently published a fact sheet that outlines the process of statewide strategic planning for problem-solving courts. This process can become complicated with the coordination of so many moving parts.  This guide demonstrates how states can develop training programs, create performance standards, allocate resources effectively, and strengthen the operation of problem-solving court operations. 

Archived Webinar and Materials on Drug Court Measures and PMT Training

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has provided an archived webinar that reviews performance measures and the Performance Measure Tool (PMT) training for adult drug court grantees. With the April-June reporting period approaching, other materials and resources on drug court measures and PMT training are available, including:
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.