MATCP 2016: Promoting Best Standards for Treatment Courts

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
MATCP 2016: Promoting Best Standards for Treatment Courts
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Amway Grand Hotel and Conference Center
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
United States

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The Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP), in cooperation with the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI), is pleased to host a two day conference designed to meet the educational needs of anyone who works within the justice system and deals with defendants engaged in drug and alcohol abuse.

Whether or not your jurisdiction has a drug treatment court, veteran's treatment court or mental health court, this conference will enhance your skills in dealing with the needs of substance abusing defendants/clients.

Highlighted Speakers for 2016

Melissa Fitzgerald
Justice Joan L. Larsen

Melissa Fitzgerald joined Justice For Vets as its new Senior Director in 2013. As an actor, Melissa is best known for her seven-year role as Carol on the television series The West Wing, but off-screen she is widely recognized as a courageous advocate for people in need. She is co-founder of Voices in Harmony, a non-profit mentoring organization that uses theater to work with underserved teens in Los Angeles. In 2007, Melissa traveled to war-torn Northern Uganda to bring the Voices in Harmony theater program to former abducted child soldiers and other teenagers affected by the region’s brutal rebel war resulting in the award-winning documentary, After Kony-Staging Hope. In 2011, Melissa co-executive produced Halfway Home, a documentary featuring Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and Silver Star recipient and Iraq War veteran, Sgt. Tommy Rieman. Melissa has written pieces published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, in addition to the book The Enough Moment by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle. She has made numerous media appearances on behalf of Justice For Vets including appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews, CBS Sunday Morning, and Morning Joe.

Justice Joan L. Larsen joined the Michigan Supreme Court in the fall of 2015. Before assuming office, she served on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was also special counsel to the dean. An award-winning legal scholar and former law clerk for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Larsen taught for more than a decade at the University of Michigan, where she received the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching. She currently serves as the Michigan Supreme Court liaison to problem-solving courts.

 Carolyn Hardin  Terrence Walton

As the Chief of Training and Research with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Ms. Hardin oversees the daily operations for NADCP’s three divisions: National Drug Court Institute, National Center for DWI Courts and Justice For Vets. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington, D.C. , and the development and implementation of training for the Organization. She currently travels nationally and internationally assisting drug court teams with planning and operating successful drug court.

Terrence D. Walton, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), is among the nation’s leading experts in providing training and technical assistance to drug courts and other problem solving courts. Prior to being named COO in October 2015, Terrence Walton was the NADCP Chief of Standards. In addition to being responsible for the daily operation of NADCP and planning the national conference, he retains his responsibility for establishing and implementing best practice standards nationwide. Previously, Terrence Walton was Director of Treatment for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA), in Washington, D.C.

Corey Waller
R. Corey Waller MD, MS is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist in Grand Rapids, MI, working within the Spectrum Health system, a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1000 employed physicians. He is the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, the President of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as SUD Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller is the principal author of Michigan’s Medication Assisted Treatment Guidelines for Opiod Use Disorders.

Conference materials are now available to view, print or download. We have asked all faculty to condense their materials into black and white, multi-slide per page displays, but not everyone is able to do this.  We recommend that you explore the options available on your home or work computers in order to reduce ink and paper usage. 

The registration fee includes on-line conference materials, a one year complimentary MATCP membership, parking, and continental breakfast both days of the conference. All other expenses (including lunches, dinners, lodging, gratuities, phone calls, mileage, etc.) are the responsibility of the participant. 

Starting March 4, 2016 there is a $50.00 fee per registration for late registrations or check payments received after March 4, 2016

As long as the MATCP conference registration expense is listed on the courts' FY 2016 approved budget, jurisdictions approved for grant funding from SCAO drug court grants may seek reimbursement for registration costs for up to three drug court team members to attend this conference. Travel, hotel and meal reimbursement for the conference will not be covered by grant funds. 

MATCP recognizes that it takes many good people to keep up the good work of drug courts.  That is why we choose to recognize "Michigan Treatment Court Heroes" each year at our annual conference.  

PLEASE NOMINATE YOUR HERO ASAP AND ACCORDING TO WHATEVER METHOD IS COMFORTABLE FOR YOU:   Download an application in PDF or Word format or email laurynferro@ for an application.  Deadline for HARD COPY, ELECTRONIC OR VIDEO submissions, including a digital photo, is February 28, 2016.  Nominators will be informed of the status of the nomination by early March.  Alerting the recipient will be at your discretion. We will be distributing the awards at the Board reception on Tuesday, immediately following the day's conference.

This year MATCP is offering scholarships for multiple disciplines.  Deadline for submission is February 12, 2016.  Recipients will be notified of their awards by February 20, 2016 and assigned a registration code with instructions to register before March 1, 2016. If you do apply for a scholarship, please do not register until you are notified of the status of your award. Please complete this online form to be considered for a scholarship.

This conference will qualify for 12 and 3/4 hours towards Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) continuing education.   Social Work CEU approval has been confirmed for 9 credits.

***Registration Note When registering online, please use correct spelling and punctuation. Do not enter your registration in all upper or lower case letters. The information you enter is used to generate name badges, participant lists, etc. Thank you!


This conference has been made possible through the generous financial support of the following entities:

MATCP is thankful for the support of our Private Business Partners:


Contact Information

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    For answers regarding registration or faculty support please contact:

    Lauryn Ferro
    MATCP Conference Assistant


    For OTHER answers regarding business partner or vendor issues please contact:

    Alma Valenzuela

Payment Instructions

  • Complete your registration and pay online with Pay Pal using VISA or MasterCard.   If you must pay by purchase order or check, you can complete registration with a zero balance and you will receive an invoice for $295.00 per person to submit for payment within 24 hours of registration.  

    PLEASE NOTE: There is a $50.00 late fee if registration and/or payment is received after March 4, 2016.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy
    Cancellation requests received in writing by by close of business day on March 3, 2016, will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee.  Refund requests received in writing between March 3 - 14 will be refunded at 50% of the full fee.  No refund requests will be honored after March 14, 2016. 

    Substitution Policy
    Substitutions are allowed at any time. Original registrant is able to change the name and title by editing registration form on confirmation email. Please contact Lauryn Ferro for any questions or problems.

    Parking Rates

    Costs to park at the Amway can be a significant unexpected cost. Parking is included for anyone from our group staying at the Amway Grand Hotel.  Costs to all other attendees will be as follows:

    Non-overnight guests will pay by the hour, with a $20.00 maximum per day.   

    Self Parking Rates
    $2.00 – Per Half Hour or Less
    $15.00 – 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    $10.00 – 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM
    $20.00 – Maximum Daily Charge
    $20.00 Lost Ticket Charge
    Valet Parking Rates
    $10 – 0-2 hours
    $15 – 2+ Hours

    Contributions to MATCP are not tax deductible.  

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