January 2021
What's Happening at NDCRC?
Welcome to 2021! The NDCRC has consolidated all of our original webinars, podcasts, and publications into one location - check them out on our Multimedia page, where you can also filter by resource type.

Episode 3 of the Justice to Healing podcast is available now! Join Dr. Kristen DeVall, Dr. Christina Lanier, and the NDCRC Director of Clinical Treatment, Dr. Sally MacKain, to discuss the “whys” of self-care for treatment courts. This episode is the first in a series focusing on the importance of self-care and ideas to implement self-care practices.

Be on the lookout for more episodes of the Justice to Healing podcast, the launch of the Data Digest infographic series, and grant-writing webinars and resources. This year, the NDCRC will also publish the next installment of the Drug Court Review journal and Painting the Current Picture, a monograph informed by a national survey of treatment courts currently underway.
Beyond the Field
Each month the NDCRC will feature a topic relevant to the work of treatment courts. This information is designed to give you “food for thought” regarding your treatment court program's structure and operations and provide supporting multimedia resources.

by Dr. Kristen DeVall

The term “self-care” has been used by scholars and practitioners across many disciplines (e.g., social work, psychology, nursing, education, etc.) as an identified strategy for bolstering health, well-being, and resiliency among members of their respective workforces. Despite this and the increasing discussion of self-care within the larger society, minimal consideration has been paid to the role of self-care in providing these same benefits to practitioners within the criminal justice system and specifically treatment courts. This is an obvious oversight and an area in need of empirical focus given the nature of work performed by criminal justice system and specifically treatment court practitioners.

According to Lee and Miller (2013) “Self-care has been described as a process, an ability, but most often as engagement in particular behaviors that are suggested to promote specific outcomes such as a ‘sense of subjective well-being’, a healthy lifestyle, stress relief, and resiliency for the prevention of empathy fatigue” (97). They go on to describe two distinct, but inherently connected dimensions of self-care; personal and professional. Personal self-care focuses on holistic health and well-being of oneself, whereas professional self-care “is understood as the process of purposeful engagement in practices that promote effective and appropriate use of the self in the professional role within the context of sustaining holistic health and well-being” (98). Lee & Miller argue that both dimensions of self-care must be cultivated in order to develop and maintain a healthy and resilient workforce. 
So, what is needed in order to fully develop personal and professional self-care? What specific areas of one’s personal and professional life should be considered and supported? Lee and Miller (2013) identified several areas within both dimensions which are outlined in Table 1 (attached). A specific discussion of each area of attention and support is provided in the journal article. Go check it out!

Self-care plans should be individualized and include practices and strategies that are relevant/important to you! What works for one person may not work for another. What worked for you last year may not work this year or next. Revise your self-care plans, practices, and strategies as needed.

We encourage you to listen to the latest episode of the Justice to Healing podcast: The Whys of Self-Care in Treatment Courts with guest Dr. Sally MacKain, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology. We also hope you will join us on NDCRC’s Beyond the Field discussion board for dialogue about self-care in general and we would love to hear about the self-care strategies you’ve identified for yourself, questions you have, etc.

Lee, J.J. & Miller, SE. (2013). A Self-Care Framework for Social Workers: Building a Strong Foundation for Practice. Families in Society. 94(2):96-103. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.4289

Related Upcoming Training

Date: January 28, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Monthly Highlights
Improving Health Outcomes for Diverse Populations (Series)

Join SAMHSA’s Prevention Technology Transfer Center for this three-part series.

Part 1 will discuss how the recent incidents of civil unrest due to police brutality and the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on African Americans, Latinx, and aged populations. (January 12)

Part 2 will assess our implicit biases and learn strategies to limit and manage them in the behavioral health setting. (January 19)

Part 3 will explore the dynamics of cultural humility and how it can help bridge the gap between staff and diverse clients. (January 26)
Funding Opportunities Deadline: March 3, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
JustGrants Application Deadline: March 17, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Solicitation Webinar: February 2, 2021, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET Deadline: February 5, 2021
JustGrants Application Deadline: February 19, 2021
Solicitation Webinar: January 12, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET Deadline: February 8, 2021
JustGrants Application Deadline: February 22, 2021
TTA Collaborative Updates
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
RISE21 Dates Changed

To accommodate restrictions on large gatherings and the ongoing public health emergency, NADCP is moving RISE21 to August 15-18, 2021. The conference remains at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. You can learn more about the date change and the status of your existing registration at Registration for the new dates opens soon.
Sharing Your Treatment Court Story

Sharing the successes of your treatment court is critical to engaging your community and expanding support for your lifesaving work. There’s no better way to share these successes than through the voices of program graduates. To help your graduates prepare, NADCP created a guide with tips on sharing a compelling and effective story with community engagement in mind.

You can also watch to see how other treatment court graduates share their stories in NADCP’s Voices of Reform video series.
Preparing for a Crisis

Does your treatment court have a crisis response plan? Planning for the new year is a great time to review or create your treatment court’s crisis response plan. Advance planning with a robust, up-to-date plan can mean the difference between weathering the storm easily or placing your program and staff in jeopardy. To help, NADCP created Managing The Message During A Crisis, a guide to understanding crisis plans, what should be included, and the resources available.
Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation receives funding under BJA’s State-Based Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Program. With this funding, the Center provides free comprehensive training and technical assistance for states who were awarded the 3a statewide category of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. For FY2020, fifteen states received funding and in the upcoming year the Center will use the experts it employs from several different professions to offer a wide variety of TA to assist these states in reaching their grant goals and deliverables. Statewide projects in the past have included drug court evaluations, statewide strategic planning, teleservices initiatives, team training, and many more.
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
Did you know that TLPI maintains a calendar of events not just for Tribal courts, but for all treatment courts? Keep up with national conferences, trainings, meetings among Tribes and federal government entities, and Tribal-specific webinars here.
Featured State
South Dakota

Judge Patricia Riepel has presided over 2nd Circuit Drug Court, located in Sioux Falls, SD, since its inception in 2010. An ongoing theme with the court has been a desire to apply emerging research to operations to better serve the participants. Gender specific dockets are one area emerging as a practice in treatment courts, and the court recently changed their docket to reflect this. Weekly court sessions are now divided by gender, with men and women appearing at separate times. The court noticed several differences, one of which is that participants feel more willing and comfortable sharing information during court sessions. By applying trauma-informed practices, they hope to provide an atmosphere where participants feel safe when addressing the court.

Read more about these changes here.
In Other News
Adam Mansky, former Director of Criminal Justice at the Center for Court Innovation, advocates for a national shift in response to criminal behavior toward problem-solving justice and community-based services in this piece for The Hill.

Treatment court participants and practitioners honor and remember Judge Ruben Reyes, former NADCP board chair and longtime treatment court judge. Read NADCP’s statement of his life and passing here.

The Maui Drug Court celebrates its 20th anniversary and examines the growth of support and proven success after doubts at implementation. The Maui Drug Court recently hosted its 72nd graduation ceremony.