National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. BJA is proud to support this work through its Drug Courts and Veteran Treatment Court Programs. Join BJA for the month of September to celebrate the 31st anniversary of National Recovery Month. For more information on news and events, visit the National Drug Court Resource Center.
Drug Courts Offer a Second Chance
This May 2020 blog post by Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, focuses on efforts of the Office of Justice Programs to support drug court activities.
In Session and on Purpose: BJA Supports Drug Courts
This May 2020 BJA blog post highlights BJA's dedication to the drug court mission.
Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis
View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.
On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center is a podcast series that explores problem-solving courts working to address substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders within the criminal justice system. These voluntary programs serve as a form of deferred adjudication that focuses on rehabilitation and treatment, rather than incarceration. Brought to you by the Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, and in part by BJA, the ideas and thoughts expressed in the podcasts do not directly reflect those of the JPO, BJA, or DOJ:
- Episode 1 - Family Treatment Court Basics with Evan Elkin: In this episode, we introduce the National Drug Court Resource Center and explore the basics of family treatment courts with Evan Elkin, the Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures.
- Episode 2 – Behind the Scenes of Family Treatment Courts with Jill Murphy: In this episode, we speak with Jill Murphy, the program supervisor of the King County Family Treatment Court. Our conversation includes discussion of how family treatment courts function and discuss innovative strategies for working with participants of family treatment courts.
- Episode 3 - Advice from a Family Treatment Court Graduate: In the final episode, we meet with Teresa Anderson-Harper, a graduate of the King County Family Treatment Court.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annals of Research and Knowledge (ARK) brings together decades of research into justice programs and outcomes in a dynamic online tool. With the ARK, you can indicate an individual’s risk and need profile and his or her stage in the justice system and view detailed information on evidence-based and promising programs matched to that individual. Access the ARK Interactive Tool.
National Drug Court Resource Center Newsletter
Operated by JPO at American University, the National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center strives to provide practitioners and professionals working in the drug court field with the latest information relevant to the drug court field. Subscribe to the National Drug Court Resource Center Newsletter to learn about upcoming drug court events, drug court resources, innovative practices, and various training and technical assistance opportunities.