October 2022
What's Happening at NDCRC?
New Navigation Option on NDCRC Website

The NDCRC website navigation now features NDCRC original publications in their own tab! Browse “Painting the Current Picture” documents, the Data Digest infographic series, and recent Drug Court Review volumes on the “Publications” tab.
Professional Development
Confronting Implicit Bias in Society and Ourselves: A Four-part Series

Hosted by SAMHSA’s Mental Health Technology Training Center (MHTTC) Network, this 4-part series is designed to “support educators and mental health professionals recognize and readdress patterns of bias and inequity in their institutions, their peer networks, and themselves.” Register for a single webinar or for all four on Wednesdays in October! Check out more training opportunities for treatment court practitioners on the NDCRC’s events calendar.
TTA Collaborative Updates
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute has instituted a mentor/mentee court program for tribal nations to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities! Mentor Courts are an example of innovative programming that adheres to the 10 key components of healing to wellness courts and provides research, data and training. Qualifying courts must be able to host virtual and in-person observations, must have all team members represented, must have written documents in compliance with best practice standards, and other requirements. For more information, contact Alyssa Harold at
Featured Tribe
Pueblo of Santa Ana Healing to Wellness Court
In response to a need for justice-involved members of the community, in 2019 the Pueblo of Santa Ana were able to implement a Healing to Wellness Court (HTWC), led by the idea that “everyone is on their own path to wellness.” Working with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) and other HTWCs, they were able to create and implement evidence-based policies and resources in accordance with best practice standards.

After making procedural adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Ana HTWC realized that they were not alone in their struggle to adapt. Santa Ana HTWC case manager staff were able to connect with other courts to form a “Coalition with the Healing to Wellness Courts in New Mexico [to] share documents, forms, trainings, ideas, and solutions, and talk about their roles.” The coalition meets monthly to brainstorm and offer support.
In Other News
The Biden-Harris administration has allotted $1.5 billion for states and territories as part of SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response and Tribal Opioid Response grant programs. Portions of these funds specifically target recovery support as well as resources for rural communities.

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act into law, allowing court-mandated treatment of people with mental health disorders who are also housing insecure. The program will be implemented in seven counties in 2023 and statewide in 2024.

At the 2022 New Hampshire Treatment Court Conference, practitioners were reminded of the value of the combination of empathy, evidence-based practices, and data for the success of treatment courts.