September 2020
What's Happening at NDCRC?
NEW! Discussion Forum

The NDCRC is excited to launch our Treatment Court Discussion Forum! This space was created specifically for treatment court professionals to pose questions, share ideas, and solve problems together. Visitors can ask and answer questions about applying for grants, general treatment courts, and the NDCRC itself. Members can view designated discussion boards created for specific court types including Adult, Family, Juvenile, Veterans, DWI/DUI, and Mental Health. All state/territory coordinators will be added to the private coordinators’ group upon registering. Sign up for an account today!

October 6, 2020 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Interested in writing a grant for your treatment program but not sure where or how to get started? Join the NDCRC for a webinar to assist you in writing a successful proposal! This webinar will provide an overview of the major components of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Request for Proposals (RFP), as well as provide examples of each required section. NDCRC directors Dr. Christina Lanier and Dr. Kristen DeVall will provide tips for strengthening your proposal and identify common mistakes to avoid.
Monthly Highlights
September is National Recovery Month and the theme for 2020 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” As of June 2020, Faces & Voices of Recovery is coordinating Recovery Month messaging and events. Check out the Recovery Month 2020 website for more information and to get involved.

Save the Date: on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the National Council for Behavioral Health is hosting a virtual Recovery Month Luncheon from 3:30-5:00pm (EST).

Life in Recovery: As we know, there are several personal and societal benefits associated with increased community involvement, emphasizing the importance of recovery. The Life in Recovery Report outlines empirical results of a survey conducted by Faces & Voices of Recovery which interviewed participants about past life experiences in active addition and present experiences in recovery.

Check out these podcasts on recovery:
Let’s Talk: Addiction & Recovery Podcasts from the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation focuses on topics such as addiction and recovery for older adults, support for families, and long-term recovery.
Keep Coming Back: Real Stories of Sobriety & Recovery features individual stories of navigating life in recovery.
Recovery (Sort Of) podcast hosts Billy and Jason also share their journey navigating the world in long-term recovery.
TTA Collaborative Updates
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
NADCP is celebrating National Recovery Month with special resources available all month long. Visit to learn how treatment courts can celebrate and learn all September long.
Stories Worth Telling

NADCP wants to help stories of recovery through treatment court. Write a short message about the impact of recovery to you or a loved one, snap a photo, and share it! Learn more and download NADCP’s official Recovery Month sign here.

Recovery Resources

Educate yourself and your team on what’s new in the recovery field with special webinars and a one-on-one video conference with treatment and recovery expert Terrence Walton. Learn more and register for the events here.

Thank You Fridays

Each Friday, NADCP will release a video message of encouragement and support featuring a surprise celebrity ambassador. These videos are meant to inspire everyone participating in recovery month and we encourage you to share them far and wide! Watch for video releases here.
Center for Court Innovation
This episode of CCI’s New Thinking podcast discusses the sometimes-overlooked aspects of healing from substance use and/or mental health disorders. “Heal and Punish? When Therapy Is the Alternative to Incarceration” emphasizes the importance of a holistic path to recovery. Click below to listen to the podcast or read the transcript.
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
10th Annual THWC Enhancement Training

Join TLPI on September 28 - October 2, 2020 for the 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training! In these free workshops, attendees will hear from tribal practitioners navigating the ever-changing legal landscape of Federal Indian law, the devastating grip of substance abuse in Indian country, and the innovations by tribal governments. Adult criminal, juvenile, law enforcement, and veterans’ tracked training topics will include drug court best practices, the tribal key components, tribal code development, Native American treatment practices, team cohesion, and drug court mechanics including incentives and sanctions, drug testing, staffing protocols, and more.
Wellness Court Advocate for Healing Award
Nominations due: September 4, 2020

Please consider nominating a Wellness Court colleague to honor for their service, including the judge, coordinator, case manager, community supervision officer, treatment provider, cultural adviser, child welfare representative, or other position.
Featured State
North Carolina

Like courts across the country, North Carolina treatment courts have made alterations to accommodate safety and continued recovery of treatment court participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about changes to data tracking and collection, urinalysis testing, graduation, and virtual meetings in the attached summary.

In Other News
TEDxTalk – Dushaw Hockett on Implicit Bias

In this short TEDxTalk (12 minutes), Dushaw Hockett discusses the principles of implicit bias. He explains how this impacts the way that we view the larger social world and what we do in the workplace. He outlines what can be done once implicit biases have been identified. For additional practice, Harvard’s Project Implicit offers evaluations to identify personal biases.

ETSU, VT Awarded $2.6M Grant to Maintain STARS

East Tennessee State University and Virginia Tech have been awarded a $2.6 million National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to maintain the Studies To Advance Recovery Support (STARS) Network, which will develop services to support individuals being treated for opioid use disorder.

Project CARA

In the mountains of North Carolina, Project CARA (Care that Advocates for Respect, Resilience and Recovery for All) meets specific trauma-informed healthcare needs of women experiencing addiction and recovery.