Our webinar entitled, “Veterans Treatment Courts: Exploring Operations and Issues to Inform the Future,” examined the various aspects of VTCs. The expert panel discussed the VTC concept and its relationship to drug courts and mental health courts and delved into the variation in the implementation of VTC programs across the United States, addressing target populations, stakeholders, services available, program requirements, and military culture. Implications of these programmatic variations were explored along with lessons learned and recommendations for the future of VTC policy, practice, and research.
In this issue brief, author Dr. John R. Gallagher focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in treatment courts and the potential solutions to fix those disparities. Dr. Gallagher showcases the work of the St. Joseph County (Indiana) treatment court to address this gap. Dr Gallagher brings specific attention to the use of Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy (HEAT) as an intervention directly targeting an underserved group, as well as the inclusion of a researcher on the team at St Joseph County and the hiring of recovery coaches to help address barriers to recovery such as employment, housing, and education.
These are written agreements with other agencies or organizations for services and coordination.
This is a tool used to set expectations by explaining requirements for each phase of the program.
This document should function as a model for new planning courts and existing courts to help programs document procedures for the operation of a treatment court. This model policy and procedure manual is designed to serve as a guide that helps to incorporate the adult drug court best practice standards and other guidelines for the various treatment court models.
Giving an exit interview to participants in Adult Drug Courts when they leave the program can often provide valuable insight into effectiveness.
This issue brief details the necessary features of Management Information Systems (MIS) for treatment courts. By connecting team members, an MIS can help improve communications, reduce inbox clutter, and reduce time spent catching up in staff meetings and on the phone throughout the week. An MIS also allows the court to examine trends and measure performance.
In 2016, the Unified Court System launched an opioid court in Buffalo, the first of its kind in the country. The opioid court provides immediate intervention, treatment, and supervision for defendants who are at risk of an opioid overdose. Refer to this document for an outline of the main components of opioid treatment court procedures.