June 2020
What's Happening at NDCRC
The NEW National Drug Court Resource Center website is LIVE !

The NDCRC is excited to debut its newly redesigned website, launched during NADCP’s RISE20! The website provides the resources necessary for treatment court professionals to design, implement, expand, and enhance programs that align with best practices and meet the needs of their respective target populations.

Check out some the primary features:

Explore these features and more at . Be on the lookout for additional website features to be rolled out in August 2020.
Monthly Highlights
Check out these FREE webinars!
These events can also be found on our calendar .
Funding Opportunities
Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The FCC has designated $200 million in funding to provide “telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services” to patients in their homes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Nonprofit and public eligible healthcare providers are eligible to apply, and funding will be available until exhausted or until the pandemic has ended.
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TTA Collaborative Updates
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
As a best practice, treatment courts are expected to adhere to a policy of Equity and Inclusion to ensure that “individuals who have historically experienced sustained discrimination or reduced social opportunities” have equal access to treatment court resources and opportunities. To this end, NDCI provides the Equivalent Access and Inclusion Toolkit for courts to assess systems in place that may limit access for marginalized groups, identify issues to be corrected, and take steps to improve treatment outcomes, graduation rates, and overall program quality.
Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation with the New York State Unified Court System and the Legal Action Center has produced a report documenting the efficiency of medication-assisted treatment programs. “Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies” contains in-depth drug court profiles and insights from treatment court team members advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in opioid addiction treatment. Also outlined are the Nine Components of Successful MAT Programs and specific issues for rural courts.
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
The Tribal Veterans Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Training was held on Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22, 2020. The virtual agenda, webinar recordings, and their respective materials are available at . The training included an overview of the Tribal Veterans Healing to Wellness court model, best practices of Tribal Veterans Healing to Wellness courts, special considerations for veterans and Native populations, unique resources for tribal and veteran service providers, recent academic observations and insights, and field-initiated innovations into best serving tribal veterans. The training brought together tribal and state courts, veteran service providers, scholars, technical assistance providers, and researchers to discuss Tribal Veterans Healing to Wellness courts, strategies for serving rural and tribal communities, and partnerships with law enforcement.
In Other News
Treatment Courts Adapt During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Participants undergoing inpatient treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic face particular challenges that can exacerbate stress and anxiety. Watch this interview with Mark, a participant in inpatient treatment, who describes changes to the process and his recovery in a Buffalo, NY health center.

In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Judge David Ashworth has adopted remote check-ins with treatment court participants. See how participants are able to connect, share support, and stay motivated here .

Maryland Judiciary’s Problem-Solving Courts celebrated National Drug Court Month in May with remote graduation ceremonies along with their regularly scheduled virtual dockets. Read more about their alterations and adaptations to treatment court operations during COVID-19 here .