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BJA FY 21 Adult Drug Court & Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 21 Adult Drug Court & Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program request for proposals. Greg Torain, Policy Advisor with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice will be presenting an overview of the four possible application categories, solicitation goals, & proposal requirements. Questions from attendees will be answered as time permits.

The webinar will be facilitated on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 1:30-3pm (EST). We hope you will join us!

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NDCRC Holiday Schedule

The NDCRC will be closed from December 24th through January 1st based on the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s holiday closure schedule. The office will reopen on January 4th. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month and a critical time for your DWI court to engage and educate your community. Awareness is key to reducing the impaired driving epidemic, and your treatment court can help. Download your newly redesigned toolkit from NADCP’s National Center For DWI Courts to find out how!

Inside the toolkit you’ll find:

– Ideas for safe events to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving
– Educate your community on how DWI courts are making a difference
– Tips for engaging your local media and elected officials
– Sample social media posts and op-ed
– Ideas for keeping your participants safe during the holiday season

And much more!


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Honoring Veterans in November

NADCP’s Justice For Vets has assembled a Veterans Day Toolkit containing a wealth of resources to help you plan and execute events, as well as educate your elected officials and the media.

Veterans Day Toolkit

Justice for Vets is now accepting applications for free operational tune-ups for veterans treatment courts! Teams will experience two days of virtual interactive training, review operations, and identify areas for improvement. The application deadline is November 30.

Apply for a Tune-Up

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According to Knottnerus (2005) “. . . daily life is normally characterized by an array of personal and social rituals. Such rituals help create stability to social life while expressing various symbolic meanings that give significance to our actions” (p. 8). Both positive and negative behaviors are part of daily life and when practiced often enough become ritualized. Individuals in recovery often report that certain “people, places, or things” can elicit behavioral responses without conscious awareness or intention. This reality underscores the need for the recovery process and programming to include an emphasis on individuals recognizing negative rituals and replacing them with positive (or prosocial) rituals.

We know from research that this behavioral change must be predicated on a change in attitudes/beliefs, an increase in knowledge regarding the behavior and associated consequences, as well as ample time to practice new behaviors within a structured and supportive environment. Changing ritualized behavior can be a difficult process and feel very foreign no matter how positive the results may be. Researchers, Van de Poel-Knottnerus and Knottnerus (2011), assert that “. . . when patterned, ritualized modes of behavior are severely disrupted, this is a very difficult and problematic situation for human beings” (p. 108). To this end, understanding how ritualized behavior forms, as well as how it can be effectively changed, is central to the work of treatment court practitioners and researchers. Understanding the specific mechanisms by which programs affect behavior change among various target populations, and sub-populations, is crucial to success and sustainability.

We hope the below-listed resources encourage you to take inventory of the ways in which your treatment court program facilitates and supports participants in their work to replace negative habits with positive ones. Also, we hope this information provides you with ideas as to how your program can work to do more in this area. While Dr. Clear’s work is not specific to treatment courts, the ideas are very much applicable to the behavior change process that is central to the treatment court model. The article by Drs. Lanier and DeVall applies Structural Ritualization Theory to adult treatment courts specifically.

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