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.
This short video explains the core expectations, values, and goals of veteran mentors serving within Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs). Coordinator Kevin Rumley focuses on the key goals of engaging with, empowering, and encouraging veteran mentees. He further elaborates on how to be an active listener, how to interact with mentees, and defines the role of a VTC mentor. Watch the video on YouTube.