December 2022
What's Happening at NDCRC?
Announcing the Drug Court Review, Volume 1!

The NDCRC at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is excited to announce the release of the first volume of our peer-reviewed journal, the Drug Court Review. This expert commentary on updated treatment court research is available now. Read the latest on co-occurring disorders in treatment court programs, probation problem-solving courts, and bringing gender-responsive strategies to women in treatment court programs.
Professional Development

Join the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for their annual Tribal Youth National Conference, offering sessions on Tribal youth leadership, empowerment and best practices in juvenile justice prevention, intervention, and alternatives to detention. The event promotes peer learning opportunities and positive youth development prevention and intervention approaches that can be implemented and sustained within Tribal communities. Tribal-specific tools and resources will be provided to advance opportunities for Native youth to increase their connection to Native lifeways and thrive within their families, schools, and communities. Register now!
TTA Collaborative Updates
The Training & Technical Assistance (TTA) Collaborative comprises four entities: The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Center for Court Innovation (CCI), Tribal Law & Policy Institute (TLPI), & the National Drug Court Resource Center (NDCRC). Monthly updates from each entity are featured below.
Center for Court Innovation (CCI)

Community Justice Today expands upon the work of the last 30 years in reshaping conceptions of justice and developing alternative approaches to problems plaguing communities. Originally developed in 1997, the principles of community justice sought to distill a range of approaches into six common underlying principles that differentiate problem-solving justice from standard operation procedures in the justice system. These updated guidelines aim to broaden the concept of community justice beyond community courts, offering lessons for other court models, court planners, practitioners, and communities in building programs to meet today’s challenges.
National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
NADCP is now accepting applications for free training on incentives, sanctions, and therapeutic adjustments! This two-day training can be delivered in person or virtually across a range of dates and time zones. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 16, 2022. To learn more, click here.

NADCP will offer in-person practitioner training in 2023 for treatment court coordinators, defense attorneys, and judges. Registration is now open for the coordinators training, which will be held March 27-30, 2023 in Oklahoma City. The deadline to register is Friday, March 3. Click here to learn more and register!
Featured State
New Castle County (NCC), Delaware initiated a pilot program to better serve those in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment who encounter the court system. Courts have partnered with the Bridge Clinic of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) to provide substance use disorder and mental health screenings, referrals to treatment and other services, and connection to psychiatric and medication assisted treatment services. The Bridge Clinic in NCC is open 24 hours a day, as is the Justice of the Peace Court.

Participants are placed on a specific “fast track” court calendar at the Court of Common Pleas, where they are offered connection to treatment through a peer specialist from the Bridge Clinic who is on site in the courtroom. Before the pilot it took an average of 60-90 days for a defendant to move from the Justice of the Peace Court to the Court of Common Pleas. Collaborative efforts have reduced the “fast track” to two to three weeks. Read more about innovations in Delaware.
In Other News
The US Supreme Court has ruled in Xiulu Ruan v. United States that doctors are protected from criminal liability for prescribing controlled substances outside the usual course of practice without a legitimate medical purpose unless they do so knowingly.
Colorado recently marked ten years of legalization of the sale and use of marijuana. The Colorado Sun reviews the process by which these laws were passed and how it affected the relationship between state and federal governments.
The Cornell Chronicle paints a vivid portrait of how opioid use affects families and how the path to recovery can reunite them.