November 2018
Happy Veterans Month
At the National Drug Court Resource Center, we would like to wish all military members and their families Happy Veterans Month. We are proud to support veterans through our work with Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs). VTCs are designed to serve veterans facing criminal charges through structured court requirements, treatment, and mentoring from fellow veterans.

The resource center equips VTCs with open access to a wide variety of resources and research, helping them run more effectively. This winter, we are releasing our first Drug Court Review, which focuses on VTCs. The publication offers an array of white papers, including a practice note from Judge Robert Russell, several research manuscripts, and a legal commentary by Judge Greg Pinski. 

In January of this year, we launched our Vetera ns Justice and Mental Health Newsletter , a monthly publication that features publications, research, multi-media resources, policy changes, news items, and relevant opportunities related to behavioral health, mental health, and criminal justice issues faced by veterans and military personnel. And i n 2016 the organizational home of the resource center, the Justice Programs Office (JPO) at American University, published a report detailing the predominant features of VTC programs and the implementation of VTCs in a wide range of jurisdictions.

In addition to the veterans initiatives through the resource center, JPO has partnered with the National Institute of Corrections and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop and administer training and technical assistance for specialized screening, assessment, and case planning tools for VTCs Supporting our veterans and being a resource for those who provide services for our veterans is important to us at JPO. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our service men and women.

Best Wishes,
Preeti P. Menon
Senior Associate Director
Project Director, National Drug Court Resource Cente r
Opioid Use Disorder Resource
Virtually all sectors of public administration are compelled to respond to the opioid crisis. To help drug treatment courts work with the increasing number of people with severe opioid use disorders, the resource center   has created a simple guide to explore treatment options, overdose procedures, federal and state policies, and more. Visit to access the Opioid Use Disorder Resource Page .
Free Training from NADCP
The  National Association of Drug Court Professionals'   (NADCP) National Drug Court Institute  and Justice for Vets are now accepting applications for free operational tune-up trainings in 2019. Through this training, court teams will learn the latest best practices and how they should be applied; revise policies and practices related to incentives and sanctions, target population, supervision and drug testing; and receive an update on pertinent case law. To qualify, applications must include three court teams with at least two years of operational experience and a letter of support from the state's treatment court coordinator. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018. Apply today: Adult Drug Court  |  Veterans Treatment Court

T  he National Drug Court Institute  and  Justice For Vets are also offering free court implementation training for adult drug courts, tribal healing to wellness courts, and veterans treatment courts. Implementation trainings are designed for courts not yet operating, teams that may have had significant staff changes, or teams that have never attended an implementation training before. Training staff and a cadre of treatment court practitioners work with selected teams to implement evidence-based practices, develop policy and procedure manuals, and build team unity. 90 percent of the communities that attend this training go on to launch a program! The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018. Apply   today: Adult Drug Court  |  Tribal Healing to Wellness Court  |  Veterans Treatment Court
News from Children and Family Futures
Join the National Family Drug Court TTA Program in advancing the movement of F amily Drug Courts ! Family Drug Courts are specialty courts using multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and family-centered approaches to improve outcomes for children and families affected by parental/caregiver substance use disorders and child abuse and neglect. Learn how to bring together child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and the courts using non-adversarial approaches to improve outcomes for this population of families. Our FREE, self-paced Family Drug Court Online Tutorial contains useful information about the Family Drug Court Model and operations.  Click here to register today!  
News from the Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation is pleased to offer support for statewide problem-solving court conferences by delivering presentations on a wide variety of topics and by funding external speakers to attend. This fall, the Center's treatment court team has presented at the statewide conferences for Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, and New Mexico (to name a few!) on topics ranging from teleservices for treatment courts, to risk-need-responsivity theory, to responses to the opioid crisis on tribal lands. To apply for support for your conference, please email Najah Magloire at for information. Applications for the coming year are due by December 31 st
Upcoming Events
November 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

November 28 - 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
The National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center ’s mission is to equip the drug court field with open access to a wide variety of resources and research, helping treatment courts run more effectively.
The  National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and operated by the Justice Programs Office (JPO) at American University. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse the content of this newsletter

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