Treatment Courts

More then Just the 10 Key Components

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The Importance of Education and the Team Approach

According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 1 in every 100 U.S. citizens is now confined in jail or prison. In reports as recent as 2005, 80% of offenders abuse drugs or alcohol, nearly 50% of jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted, and approximately 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit drugs at arrest.

At the close of 2011, 6,977,700 adults were under correctional supervision, and in 2014, a report published by the National Research Council asserts that the prison population of the United States “is by far the largest in the world. Just under one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are held in American prisons.” Furthermore, approximately 95% of individuals imprisoned or incarcerated return to drug abuse after their release.

Bottom line, incarceration alone just isn’t working. And according to recent reports, it comes with a price tag of $80 billion to the American citizen.

This is where treatment courts come in! With the evolution and expansion of treatment courts, increased education of treatment team members and a greater understanding of the dynamic of substance abuse and addiction, treatment court teams are reversing these startling statistics.

However, without a critical, in-depth understanding of the evolution of drugs, the use and abuse of illicit substances and addiction, treatment court efficacy becomes all about the procedural and evidence based practices and much less about empowering the individual into true recovery. The importance of understanding current trends and how to maintain accountability through testing and other evidence based practices begins with a comprehensive understanding of procedural components, and requires current knowledge of drug use and abuse. Let’s face it, people who use drugs become good at beating the system (yes, even the Judge!) and we must keep on top of the information in order to ensure reduced recidivism rates.

Judge Jodi understands this. She has lived it in her personal life – growing up around substance abuse and addiction, her work with families, violence and addiction, community efforts at education and now as a treatment court judge with multiple applications, Judge Jodi brings the stark truth about substance abuse, narcotics, the addicts mind (what does pre-contemplative really look like in the court room?) and how coercive treatment only works if you can beat the addict at their own game.

***This educational program is appropriate for professionals of varying disciplines: judges, law enforcement, treatment providers, attorneys (to include prosecutors and defense counsel), probation and/or correction officers and more. People suffering from addiction are creative and in order to help them help themselves we must beat them at their own game of use and abuse. This innovative program will present cutting edge empirical data and research to help you maximize the efficacy of your treatment court.