Newsletter
March 2023
What's Happening at NDCRC?
Grant Writing Resources from NDCRC

There’s still time for your treatment court to submit funding requests through BJA’s Adult Treatment Court and Veterans Treatment Court grant programs. The NDCRC has several grant writing resources to guide you in this process as well as webinars and proposal narrative outlines for these solicitations. Explore these before the Grants.gov deadline of April 11!
Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Dashboard

We hope you’ve gotten to explore our Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Dashboard - home to location and operational information on JDTCs across the country. This resource now has more ways to research and find data about JDTCs! Use the search bar to locate specific courts, choose to view the data as a list, or explore the national overview summarizing all JDTCs that provided information. If you don’t see your court on the map, complete the questionnaire now! New responses will be added to the project in the next few months.
From the Directors
The NDCRC is working on a lot of exciting projects! Our most recent publication is a report resulting from the Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Inaugural Survey of the Field. This survey was the first of its kind to collect information on Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (THWCs). Together with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), it was our goal to learn more about how these courts operate; specifically, how they use cultural practices for the success of their participants. Only about 14% of existing THWCs were represented in the survey responses, but we still learned a lot of valuable information about these courts. The full summary is available in the survey report.

Dr. Kristen DeVall
Dr. Christina Lanier
Co-Directors, NDCRC
Featured State
Alabama

Alabama currently has a combined number of 113 treatment courts in the state. This number includes Adult Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, Tribal to Healing to Wellness Courts, Family Treatment Courts, and Juvenile Drug Courts. Sixty of our 67 counties have access to at least one type of treatment court. While all of the courts do an excellent job at making a difference in the lives of the participants in the program, some programs go the extra mile and are proactive in creating ways to prevent someone from suffering from substance use disorder.

Escambia County Drug Court created a program known as The Drugs Erase Dreams education program. Over the years, it has become a vital part of drug prevention in their community for middle and high school students. This program teaches the fundamentals of substance use disorder and the consequences of using alcohol and drugs. The course is taught in a classroom setting to provide more personal one-on-one interaction. The basics of substance use disorder, how people develop substance use disorder, the science of addiction and how addiction impacts the brain, reasons people start using drugs and alcohol, stories of hope and redemption are just a few of the topics that are part of the curriculum. The curriculum also includes interactive activities, question and answers sessions, and videos. At the end of the course, the students are given a final exam to ensure they are equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is our belief in Alabama that preventing substance use disorder begins early, and that our Treatment Court Programs should be proactive and provide information about the dangers of drugs to as many people as possible, beginning with our youth.