August 2020
What's Happening at NDCRC?
The NDCRC is currently working on the 2020 edition of the Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Drug Courts & Other Problem-Solving Courts in the United States monograph . The goal of this survey project is to learn more about how many treatment courts are in operation across the U.S./Territories. In addition, data is gathered on how programs operate, including challenges faced, resources needed, and how graduation and recidivism rates are tracked. This monograph was last published in 2016. We know much has changed within the field since then! Data collection started on July 30 and will conclude on September 30. The updated edition of the Painting the Current Picture monograph will be disseminated in early 2021 and these data will also be used to update our map of treatment courts .

State/Territory Coordinators are encouraged to reach out to the NDCRC at any time for assistance in collecting these data and completing the survey. We look forward to sharing the results with the field soon!
Monthly Highlights

Use the links below to register for these professional development opportunities in August. These webinars and more can also be viewed on the NDCRC calendar .

August 31, 2020 12:30 PM EST: Implementing A Peer Mentor Program

TTA Collaborative Updates
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
RISE20 On Demand – 60 Hours of CEU Available

NADCP’s virtual training conference is now available on demand! For the first time, the dynamic content of the world’s largest conference on addiction, mental health, and justice system reform is available at your fingertips. Receive up to 60 hours of continuing education credit from the biggest names in treatment court training, as well as national thought leaders in justice reform - all on your schedule. Learn more at .
Visit a Treatment Court – Virtually!

Learn from the best treatment courts by seeing them in action! Mentor courts selected by NADCP’s National Drug Court Institute represent the gold standard in treatment courts and make themselves available to other court staff looking to learn. Sit in on virtual staff meetings, status hearings, and other decision-making moments key to the success of any treatment court.
Center for Court Innovation
CCI’s "Taking Action" series aims to inform justice practitioners about innovations in the field and support their efforts to replicate innovative practices locally. An increasing number of courts are finding that the addition of a new staff role—the "resource coordinator"—enables judges and lawyers to connect defendants to the services they need to address underlying issues driving re-offending. This publication highlights four examples from around the nation. View “T aking Action: Resource Coordinators Bridge Courtrooms and Social Services” here .
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
TLPI hosts a number of resources for Wellness Courts on their website. Among these are descriptions of each role in a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court (THWC), sample operational materials, legal publications, and a compilation of screening, testing, and sanction tools. Access these and other resources for THWCs including planning, evaluations, and data collection here .

Mark your calendars! While unable to host an in-person event, TLPI is excited to announce the Virtual 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training to be held September 28 - October 2, 2020. Look for more information forthcoming at and .
Featured State

Michigan’s 199 problem-solving courts (PSCs) continue to find solutions and save lives throughout the state. Their record of success is a result of their commitment to accessibility, engagement, efficiency, and independence. In June, Michigan released to the state legislature its Fiscal Year 2019 PSC Annual Report which highlights the effectiveness and overall success of these programs. Data indicated that graduates of Michigan’s drug court programs were more than two times less likely to be convicted of a new offense within three years of admission, and graduates of sobriety court programs were nearly three times less likely to be convicted of a new offense within three years of admission to a program. Unemployment also decreased dramatically among graduates of nearly all types of PSC programs; this is an important indicator of an improved quality of life for graduates, which leads to stronger families and communities.

The Michigan Supreme Court has provided continuous guidance to Michigan’s problem-solving courts during the COVID-19 pandemic through Administrative Orders and a multitude of resources are available on the Judicial Branch’s response to COVID-19 webpage. The Supreme Court has also helped trial courts embrace new technologies, such as Zoom, to conduct business remotely so they can ensure the health and safety of problem-solving court participants while monitoring their compliance.
In Other News
H.R.886 – Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019

On July 20, 2020, H.R. 886 received Senate approval to explicitly support veterans treatment
courts. By way of this bill, grant funding and training/technical assistance will be available to
jurisdictions seeking to implement VTCs or expand/enhance existing programs. The bill is now
headed to President Trump for signature. View the bill in its entirety here .