November 2019
New Podcasts on the Opioid Crisis
We just released two new podcasts for you to enjoy during those long autumn commutes! Listen to parts 2 and 3 of  On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center’s  (NDCRC) Treating the Opioid Crisis series. Our host, Anna  Koozmin, will take you on one man’s journey of surviving an opioid addiction and later becoming the treatment counselor for Cascade County’s drug court.  Meet Jeff Fauque !  
NDCRC Honors Veterans
There are many  ways to honor veterans  more than just one day a year, which is why the  Justice Programs Office and NDCRC are  sharing ways you can get involved in serving veterans year-round, especially those veterans involved in the criminal justice system. 

Since the mid-2000s, veterans’ treatment courts (VTCs) have been addressing the issues of veterans in contact with the criminal justice system. By offering mandated treatment, instead of jail time, VTCs are helping veterans get their lives back on track. This  video , from Justice for Vets, explains just how important the VTC process is. For more ideas on how to get involved with VTCs or support our veterans, visit our  archived issues  of the  Veterans Justice and Mental Health Newsletter .
Have You Read Our Latest Drug Court Review?
Did you know that VTCs are currently the fastest growing treatment court in the nation? Each year, over six million patients are served. This is why the fourth article of our latest  Drug Court Review  academic journal proposes a VA-VTC logic model to better clarify the US Department of Veterans Affairs distinct role in the quickly growing number of VTCs.

The NDCRC’s second issue  Drug Court Review  is  available online . Read the issue’s fourth article ‘Logic Model of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Role in Veterans’ here
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
March 30-21, 2020, Hyatt Regency Tamaya - Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 

The  Tribal Law and Policy Institute , in partnership with the  National Association of Drug Court Professionals Justice for Vets , and the  American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center   are pleased to offer this free two-day Southwest Veterans Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training highlighting important considerations for serving and treating Native veterans. 

The Southwest Veterans Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training will bring together tribal courts, state courts, and veteran service providers, along with scholars, technical assistance providers, and researchers to discuss Tribal Veteran Healing to Wellness courts and their best practices, strategies for serving veterans in rural and tribal communities, partnerships with law enforcement, and unique resources for tribal veterans and their service providers. 
Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation (CCI) is excited  to   a nnounce  a  new research report   a bout the use of community service in courts  a cross the country. Community service h a s long been  a  st a ple of sentencing in the United St a tes, with m a ny jurisdictions looking  to  incorpor a te it  a s p a rt of efforts  to  reform loc a l justice systems. Yet there h a s been surprisingly little study of how it's  a ctu a lly used.   

CCI’s first-of-its-kind survey of more than 600 lower-level courts found that while community service is widely used across the country, many courts are adopting an  ad hoc approach to eligibility, mandate lengths, and oversight of outside service programs. The study concludes with a series of recommendations—most notably, a call for further research to help in developing the shared standards and evidence-based models the field currently lacks. View the summary and full report  here .
National Family Drug Court and the
Center for Children and Family Futures
Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with the National Family Drug Court TTA Team (FDC) and Children and Family Futures (CFF) at upcoming national, state, and regional conferences:


Additionally, CFF has released the 2020 Family Drug Court Learning Academy Café Conversation topic areas. Topics will include housing, quality legal representation, domestic violence, and adolescent youth. For more information, please view the flyer .

Also, be sure to check out the FDC blog to catch up on relevant posts for practitioners in the field and don't forget to subscribe to their newsletter .
Legislation Update

This act creates a new pre-adjudication diversion program for defendants who are the primary caregiver for a child. Using similar tenants to that of a family treatment drug court, this program offers a number of programs depending on the need of the defendant including parenting classes, housing assistance, and drug and alcohol treatment. Upon completion, the arrest record can be sealed and would only need to be disclosed if the defendant applied for a position as a peace officer.
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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