Treatment Matters: Best Practices for Treatment in Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System
Date & Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Cara Poland, MD, MEd, FACP, FASAM, Medical Director, Spectrum Health's GREAT MOMs, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Michigan State University
Terrence Walton, MSW, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Moderator: David Tapp, JD, MS, Judge, 28th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
CE Certified By: AMA,AAFP,ANCC,APA,GA Bar,GA POST,NAADAC,NASW,NBCC
Due to lack of treatment resources and inadequate service coordination in most communities, those with substance use disorders experience high rates of continued use, relapse and sometimes overdose while involved in community supervision and after release from jails and prisons. Drug treatment courts are an alternative to incarceration that identifies and provides treatment to justice system-involved individuals with substance use disorders. Because drug treatment courts place more individuals in addiction treatment than anywhere else in the justice system, it is important that criminal justice professionals understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment to ensure the implementation of evidence-based practices as consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In this session, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) will discuss the current evidence base for the treatment of substance use disorders, including use of telehealth for underserved communities, and outline how to apply effective treatment research in drug treatment courts and throughout the justice system continuum. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to implement these best practices, as well as with increased knowledge of the simple tools available to them through ASAM and NADCP to assist with improving outcomes.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Describe the role of drug courts in diversion and treatment.
- Identify best practices for drug courts in treatment of substance use disorders.
- Recognize how to access American Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals resources for best practices.