Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2, 2020
After careful consideration and a comprehensive evaluation of currently available guidance and information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) has made the difficult decision that we cannot hold the in-person 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training, originally scheduled for September 9-11, 2020 at Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, CA. Supporting the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native families, tribes, and communities is central to TLPI’s mission, and keeping people safe is paramount.

While we are unable to host the in-person event, we are excited to announce the Virtual 10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training to be held September 28 - October 2, 2020. TLPI will provide additional updates, our virtual agenda, and registration information at and

In response to COVID-19, TLPI has also created an online resource - Indian Country COVID-19 Resources designed as a clearinghouse of relevant resources across a broad range of topic areas in pursuit of TLPI’s vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.
About the Training
The purpose of the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training is to provide training to Tribal Healing to Wellness Court (THWC) team members including tribal leaders, community volunteers, prosecutors, judges, defense counsel, judicial and law enforcement personnel, social services and mental health providers, substance abuse treatment, and probation/correction, who want to improve or implement their adult, juvenile, veterans, or family Healing to Wellness Court

The THWC Enhancement Training represents one of the most robust problem-solving court trainings that is focused exclusively upon Indian country's legal and cultural uniqueness. Workshops offer the opportunity for attendees to hear from and network with tribal practitioners who are navigating in real-time the ever-changing legal landscape of Federal Indian law, the devastating grip of substance abuse in Indian country, and the innovations by tribal governments. Training topics will include drug court best practices and standards, the tribal key components, tribal code development, Native American treatment practices, good governance, team cohesion, and drug court mechanics including incentives and sanctions, drug testing, staffing protocols, and more. Importantly, this year the training will feature four tracks - adult criminal, juvenile, law enforcement and veterans.

The Enhancement Training is free, and all materials, including referenced publications and PowerPoint slides, will be posted and available to all attendees on You can view 2012-2019 presentation materials at our Prior Materials page.
Wellness Court Advocate for Healing Award
Nominations due: September 4, 2020
Now seeking nominations for an Adult and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court team member who exemplifies the tenants of restorative justice and healing as evidenced by their dedication to the Wellness Court team and participants.

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.
The nomination letter should include:

  • A narrative describing how long the nominee has worked in the Wellness Court, how they are regarded by their fellow team members and by participants, how they have contributed to the advancement of the Court, and any other considerations for why they are deserving of the award.
  • Background on the nominee, including their position outside of the Wellness Court, if any, and prior experience. 
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