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Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Case Management

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Date Published
May 2018
68 pages
After reviewing the widely accepted standards for case management set by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Professional Services Branch and the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), this guide discusses the role case management plays in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (Wellness Courts).
The guide begins with an overview of Wellness Courts that includes reviews of the drug court movement generally, the emergence of Wellness Courts, the 10 key components of Wellness Courts, the Wellness Court process, and the Wellness Court team. The NDCI definition of "case management" is then presented as "a series of inter-related functions that provides needed coordination and seamless collaboration, and is the force that holds the varied and many drug court elements together." the various functions of case management in Wellness Courts are then listed and discussed as information flow, screening and assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring, advocacy, and cultural competence. Next, the four main models of case management are described. Each Wellness Court must determine which model or combination of models best suits its needs. A discussion of the ethics of case management focuses on confidentiality, shared core competencies, and drug court community supervision core competencies. This is followed by sections on balancing the roles of case manager and coordinator and data collection and evaluation. The discussion of data collection and evaluation addresses their purposes in determining participants progress, program progress, report considerations, a data dictionary, and benchmarks. Additional resources are listed and appendixes provide additional information on specific topics and sample materials.

Date Published: May 1, 2018