MATCP 2016: Promoting Best Standards for Treatment Courts

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Day 1: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Conference Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Opening Ceremony
 - President’s Remarks
 - Parade of Transformation
 - Melissa Fitzgerald, Justice for Vets

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.  Plenary Session:  Marijuana, The Latest Research, Dr. Kenneth Robinson
Since Michigan legalized marijuana for medical purposes, a debate has raged: Is it medicinal? What are the neurological, cognitive and behavioral consequences of use? Are there means of ingesting that don’t produce euphoria and impairment? Should participants in treatment courts be allowed to ingest? If the campaign to legalize marijuana for recreational use passes, these and more issues will have to be resolved by treatment courts. This session will present the latest scientific evidence on the use and misuse of marijuana to assist you in making decisions for your court.

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Concurrent Workshop Session I

Revisiting Phases: Risk Matters, Carolyn Hardin
There are important reasons for the framework that phases provide for a treatment court program. Perhaps most importantly, it gives the participants visible steps to measure success. Treatment courts tend to be long, rigorous programs, lasting one to two years. Giving the program structure gives the participant bite size pieces to tear off and digest. It also allows the team to measure—somewhat objectively—how well the participant is progressing through the program requirements. This session gives an overview of the necessity of distinct phases for a treatment  court participant to progress through on their journey towards commencement from treatment court. This presentation will provide the team with an understanding of how to design phases and court requirements.

Marijuana History, Neuroscience and Toxicology: Judge  Mary Celeste (Ret.)

This presentation will discuss the legal history of cannabis from the beginnings of U.S. history to the Marijuana Tax Act, to the Control Substances Act, to the Schweder case. It will then present how marijuana use affects the brain including a discussion about the chemical composition of marijuana, the function of neuro-transmitters in the brain, and the endo-cannabinoid system. It will also present the current scientific reports and studies regarding medical marijuana. Lastly it will discuss the toxicology of marijuana, including the role of a Toxicologist in marijuana cases and McNeeley implications. It will include a brief clip from a documentary.

DWI Courts: The Ten Guiding Principles with a Twist: Judge Geno Salomone, Judge Susan Jonas, Alma Valenzuela, MPS, LLMSW, CCM, CJP
This presentation will provide best practices for running an effective DWI court based on the Ten Guiding Principles. Participants will learn practical solutions to challenges faced by all DWI courts. What are DWI courts doing to overcome these challenges? This interactive session will help team members explore solutions to existing barriers. What lessons have we learned from past practices? Learn about these topics and more. This presentation is relevant for practitioners in DWI courts.

Guess What? You’re a Family Court Too (if your participants have children): Russ Bermejo, MSW

This presentation will provide participants with a greater understanding of the family dependency and child welfare systems as well as practical strategies for working with problem-solving court participants who are also parents. Participants will gain a greater understanding and awareness of how decisions in adult drug court impact the child and family, even if the child is never seen in court and makes the cases for why all problem-solving courts should pay greater attention to children and families and why cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery. This presentation is relevant for practitioners in all problem-solving courts.

Marijuana Talk-Kit for Parents, Kevin Collins, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

This workshop will address, in depth, three programs from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: The Marijuana Talk Kit, which prepares parents to talk with their kids about marijuana in the midst of a changing legal landscape. The Parent Support Network, a multi-faceted program that uses CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training) / Motivational Interviewing approach to help parents of teens and young adults address their child’s substance use. This workshop will also share information about synthetic drug use (e.g., K2 / Spice) and provide participants with a presentation they can use in their community to educate others about these drugs

Marijuana, Mental Illness and Mental Health Courts, Kenneth Duckworth, MD, NAMI, Judge Laura Mack

Dr. Duckworth will describe the relationship between certain forms of mental illness and marijuana use and any pros and cons of marijuana use among this population, including interactions with psychotropic or opiate blocking drugs. He will also describe in non-technical terms how marijuana interacts with psychotropic drugs and opioid and alcohol blocking medication such as Vivitrol. Judge Laura Mack will speak briefly about marijuana use by mental health court participants.

Introduction to Veterans Courts: Observation of a Staffing, Judge Karen Khalil, Judge David Jordon (ret), Richard T. Graham, Defense Advocate, JD, Michael Bosnic, Township Prosecutor, JD, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, court staff including probation officers and Veterans Court Coordinator
This presentation will provide an overview of a Veterans Court staffing meeting which takes place prior to every VC session and includes all team members. It will give participants an opportunity to see how the team interaction during these meetings leads to successful outcomes for the treatment court participant.  Case specific scenarios will be used to show a variety of issues that are addressed during these meetings in preparation for the actual Court session involving the veterans. This discussion will include input from the presiding judge, The Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, the Veterans Court Coordinator, probation officers, the defense and prosecuting attorneys as well as the police officer liaison. Benefit issues may also be discussed during the meeting so attendees may gain information about how benefits can be an issue for certain court participants.   

Out With the Old, In With the New: Using Fingerprints to Detect Drug Usage, Sponsored by Smart Start, Inc., Dufy Nabors
For years drug testing has been conducted utilizing urine. This creates obvious concerns regarding collections, observation and adulteration. Oral fluid is becoming a medium that is used more often doing away with some of the concerns that urine has but also raising more questions about time of detections and efficacy. This course will discuss an emerging technology that utilized the eccrine sweat from the tip of a persons finger to detect drug metabolites and to identify whether or not that person has ingested drugs of abuse. 

Drug Testing Standards, Sponsored by Thermo Fisher, Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.)
Drug Testing is an integral part of a successful drug treatment court. This session will show how to choose the appropriate test options and recognize tampering attempts. It will also identify common myths and excuses. Drug testing is a rehabilitative tool, that when used appropriately will make your court more effective.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Concurrent Workshop Session II

National Association of Drug Court Professionals Best Practice Standards: Volume I, Terrence Walton
Research confirms that how well drug courts accomplish their goals depends largely on how faithfully they adhere to the Ten Key Components. The Best Practice Standards adopted by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals define the bounds of acceptable and exceptional practices and set effective benchmarks for new and existing programs to achieve. Armed with this specific guidance about how to operationalize the Ten Key Components, treatment courts can be more confident in the quality of their operations. Topics covered will include: Target Population, Historically Disadvantages Groups, Role and Responsibility of the Judge, Incentive / Sanctions and Therapeutic Adjustments and Substance Abuse Treatment. 

Research Says: Best Practices for Assessment Management and Treatment for Impaired Drivers, Mark Stadola, NHTSA Probation Fellow
 In 2011, there were 1.2 million drivers arrested for driving under the influence.  In 2013 drunk drivers were responsible for over 10,000 fatalities. Probation and parole departments can face unique challenges in assessing risk levels for these offenders while determining the most appropriate level and type of supervision, treatment and technology to minimize the risk of a re-offense. This workshop will provide an overview and continuum of the most recent evidence based practices for impaired drivers from intake to discharge including the latest research on assessment tools, characteristics of high risk drunk drivers, supervision strategies, available technologies, Problem Solving Courts, as well as alcohol treatment programming to help officers maximize their effectiveness while reducing risk to the community. 

Matching Service to Need: Exploring What “High Risk/High Need” Means for Family Courts, Russ Bermejo, MSW
This presentation will explore the “high-risk, high-need” principles from the Adult Drug Court model and how these principles apply to Family Dependency Courts (FDC). Implications for FaDC practice and policy will be offered, including the need for timely, structure, and integrated risk and clinical assessments and the need to re-examine target populations to ensure that FDCs are serving a greater proportion of the child welfare population. This presentation is most relevant to FDC practitioners.

Where are we now? Where are we going?  What can we do? – Substance Abuse Levels and Trends, Kevin Collins, Partnership for Drug- Free Kids
This presentation will address the questions “where are we now?” “where are we going?” and “what can we do?” The key messages are that collaboration and the use of existing resources are critical to the success of local efforts. The presentation will address
  • The current substance use landscape to include levels and trends in substance use by teens and adults;
  • Current drug threats, to include legalization of marijuana; synthetic drug use; prescription drug use; and heroin. We will also address the outlook for the federal government’s response to these issues;
  • How the Partnership and partner communities are using resources from the Partnership, including: the Parent Support Network, Medicine Abuse Project; Above the Influence; the Parents’ Marijuana Talk Kit; and naloxone education programs.
  • Participants will learn how they can access and use these programs within their community
Enablement Prevention Program, Mark Panasiewicz, LLMSW
In the Drug Court and Healing-to-Wellness Court setting, family members can be a great ally to a participant’s recovery, but they may also unintentionally inhibit recovery and personal accountability. This presentation will highlight the Enablement Prevention Program, a therapeutic, interactive group treatment program that involves education of family members to help create a united team between service providers and loved ones, while encouraging participants into maturity, pro-social behavior and attitudes, and manages to make the client accountable for their own negative, delinquent behaviors and attitudes. This presentation is relevant to practitioners working in all types of treatment courts.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Mental Health Courts, Jennifer Burger, MEd, NCC, LPC
This course will be a lecture on determining treatment needs for individuals with co-occurring disorders (COD). The presentation will also discuss treatment approaches for this specialized population. Included in the presentation will be information on identifying COD, using existing models to determine effective treatment, an explanation of evidenced-based approaches to treat COD and various methods for monitoring sobriety during treatment.

Antisocial Personality Disorders and Complex Trauma, Melody Powers, LMSW
Recognize Complex Trauma, Anti-social Personality Disorder, and other mental illnesses as they present in the court system. Mental illnesses will impact how the defendant perceives the court room, court staff, expectations of a treatment court, and the ability to complete the phases of treatment. This workshop focuses primarily on the veteran population, but is helpful to any treatment court  that address mental illness as a part of the treatment court. Learn how to recognize symptoms of mental illness in the court room, and how court staff can partner with treatment providers to address these complex issues. Discussion will include recognizing risk and assessing for suicide.  

Mindful Yoga Therapy for PTSD and Other Disorders, Suzann Spilkin
Mindful Yoga Therapy is a clinically tested, empirically informed program with a protocol comprised of five practices. This lecture will introduce the guiding principles and practices being used.

Oral Fluid Drug Testing, Sponsored by Forensic Fluids Laboratories, Bridget Lorenz Lemberg
This course will explain the modern capabilities of oral fluid drug testing. We will discuss the window of detection, collection process, advantages, and limitations. We will also interpret the findings of Forensic Fluids Laboratories as well as the results of oral fluid research.

Procedural Fairness: The Key to Drug Treatment Courts, Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.)

The evidence is overwhelming. For any type of Drug Treatment Court to be successful, a judge must provide participants with an opportunity to voice their concerns, and a sense that they’re treated with respect by a neutral and trustworthy authority. The combined effect of the four principles of procedural fairness leads participants to respond in a way that creates greater success. The success that these participants find in the courtroom transmutes into societal success, which reduces crime and decreases costs borne by taxpayers. This is the community-wide impact of procedural fairness.

Seven Reasons to Rethink Alcohol Testing and Monitoring in Treatment Courts Sponsored by American Interlock and Total Court Services, West Huddleston
West Huddleston, former CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, will walk through his seven reasons why he recommends taking a closer look at Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) and Remote Breath Monitoring (RB) in treatment courts. We will explore the significant clinical and supervision impact of alcohol monitoring among treatment court participants. From perspectives in assessment and motivation to evaluation and best practices, West will walk you through why each of these seven points are critical for any participant in treatment courts. Drawing on Key Components and Best Practices from NADCP and the Ten Guiding Principles of DWI Courts, West leads the interactive discussion on why a one-size-fits-all approach to alcohol monitoring is inadequate and counterproductive. It’s time to ask the expert so bring you stories, questions and comments, all of which will be welcome.

Use of Science and Technology in Specialized Treatment Courts, Sponsored by DTPM, Judge Mary Celeste  (Ret.)
The effective use of modern technology is essential to the overall success of a Drug Treatment Court. This presentation is designed for team members who want a comprehensive review designed to provide information and strategies about the use of technology to supervise and test Drug Treatment Court participants

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Snack Break/Vendors Exhibits

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Concurrent Workshop Session III

NADCP Best Practice Standards: Volume 2,Terrence Walton
Research confirms that how well drug courts accomplish their goals depends largely on how faithfully they adhere to the Ten Key Components. The Best Practice Standards adopted by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals define the bounds of acceptable and exceptional practices  and set effective benchmarks for new and existing programs to achieve. Armed with this specific guidance about how to operationalize the Ten Key Components, treatment courts can be more confident in the quality of their operations. Topics covered will include: Complementary Treatment and Social Services, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Multidisciplinary Team, Census and Caseloads, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Marijuana Impaired Driving, Judge Mary Celeste, (Ret.)

This presentation will set forth the current marijuana laws across the U.S. and facts about marijuana potency, use and public views. It will then discuss the status of medical marijuana and relevant reports and studies. It will next identify marijuana driving laws and relevant reports and studies. Lastly it will address how marijuana use is being treated in DWI Courts and in Probation and Parole.

Keeping Kids Safely at Home: Legal Issues, Opportunities and Challenges to an In-Home FTC Model, Judge Susan Dobrich
The Family Treatment Court (FTC) model is characterized by court-based collaboration among child welfare, substance abuse treatment providers and the legal system. This collaboration allows the specific needs of the children and families affected by substance abuse to be addressed by providing comprehensive services which allow children to remain safely at home. This workshop will explore the legal issues associated with children remaining in-home while the parents participate in FTC, the opportunities and challenges and the lessons and experiences of an FTC in addressing these issues.  

Incorporating Culture & Tradition to Generation X in Healing to Wellness Courts, Anthony Davis, Anthony Abramson
Tribal traditional ceremonies and practices can provide an effective source of treatment and healing for participants in healing-to-wellness courts. However, some tribal young people (in their 20s to early 30s) may be resistant to the incorporation of custom and traditional practices into their treatment. This presentation will discuss effective strategies and methods used to introduce young people to the culture and tradition of their Tribe that they may have never been familiar with and to re-introduce culture and tradition to those young people who have veered away from such practices. This presentation is relevant to practitioners in healing-to-wellness courts and also to those treatment court practitioners serving Native American clients.  

The Importance of Becoming a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Treatment Court, Lisa Callahan, PhD
SAMHSA’s GAINS Center & Policy Research Associates, Inc.

Trauma-informed courts and services are based on an understanding of the extent of trauma in justice-involved youth, the impact of trauma on behavior, and how traditional approaches may exacerbate, or trigger, trauma-related responses. A trauma informed court involves the provision of both trauma-informed and trauma-specific services. Services that are trauma-informed acknowledge the needs that youth with trauma histories may have in a particular treatment setting or service designed to address the specific behavioral, emotional, physical, and interpersonal consequences of exposure to sexual, physical, and prolonged emotional abuse.

How to Effectively Communicate With a Mentally Ill Person, the LEAP System, Sgt. David A. Osterquist
Introduction to LEAP communication method designed for persons working in the criminal justice system (judges, Law enforcement, corrections, etc.) and introductory training in the core LEAP tools. LEAP focuses on building trust, respect and cooperation in relationships. LEAP has been shown to improve clinical and forensic outcomes, lower defensiveness, diffuse agitation, and increase adherence to both mandated and voluntary treatments. The presentation will include new research on “poor insight” or anosognosia (etiology, impact on judgment, behaviors and clinical/forensic outcomes) in persons with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. 

Law Enforcement & the Veteran Population: Safe & Effective Interaction, Judge Karen Khalil, Melody Powers, LMSW

This workshop is designed to provide law enforcement officials information about issues affecting combat veterans, including readjustment from combat, suicide, violence, PTSD, substance abuse, and mental illness. The workshop will include concrete skills Law Enforcement can use to provide safe and effective interventions for veterans in crisis, and the resources available through the VA to assist. The workshop also includes education about the Veteran's Justice Outreach (VJO) and how the VJO can coordinate VA Services with police and the court system.

Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Therapy Session, Susann Spilkin
Experience and participate in a Mindful Yoga Therapy session as offered to veterans with PTSD at VA Medical Centers and Veteran’s Treatment Courts around the country. Experience the benefits of mindful breath and movement and meditation available and beneficial to all. Grounded in present-moment awareness coupled with acceptance and gratitude have been studied and clinical studies show that yoga can help practitioners: sleep better, overcoming insomnia and nightmares; cope with anxiety and fear; find escape from the “fight or flight” response; control anger and strong emotions; reconnect with friends, family and community. This session will also allow you to experience and participate in Yoga Nidra, a guided deep rest that releases stress, reduces anxiety and rebalances nervous system. Participants often report deep experiences of relaxation and restoration.

Designer Drug Testing, Sponsored by Redwood Labs, Vinnie Happ
Designer Drug Testing 3.0 – The saga Continues, Sponsored by Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, Vinnie Happ
The issue of designer drug use is not going away. If anything the problem and challenges in use and detection of designer drugs has only gotten more difficult. Despite our best efforts to combat and address the abuse of these dangerous substances designer drugs have established a foothold in today’s society. Attendees of this workshop will learn about the newest synthetic marijuana metabolites, synthetic stimulants and synthetic hallucinogens. Discussion on the emergence and detection of Gravel/Flakka and Kratom will also be included.

5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. Open AA, NA and Smart Recovery Meetings

Day 2:
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.   MATCP Annual Meeting

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Plenary Session : Medication Assisted Treatment

           - Legal implications of MAT: Judge Phyllis McMillen
           - Michigan State Guidelines on MAT: Dr. Corey Waller
           - Experiences Using MAT in Treatment Courts: Hon. Fred Moses, Hon. Linda Davis

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), the use of methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, has been controversial in therapeutic treatment courts, leading some courts to ban their use by participants. While new research and requirements from federal funding sources mandating access to MAT require treatment courts to rethink their positions, courts still have the authority to maintain and establish due process protocols for determining whether a participant will be allowed to engage in MAT. This morning’s sessions are designed to allow you to understand the medications that are available, appropriate protocols for administration, protocols for determining medical necessity and protocols to determine whether the use of the drugs will be prohibited due to diversion and misuse.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break and Vendors

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Concurrent Workshop Session IV

Establishing a Medication Assisted Treatment Protocol, CMH/Substance Abuse coordinating agency directors for each region of Michigan, Medication Assisted Treatment Provider, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, Judge, Probation Officer from each region.

This session will be a break-out by the 10 PIHP regions in the State. Participants will process the information that they learned in the plenary session concerning Medication Assisted Treatment and address the following topics:
  • Identifying MAT treatment providers in Region
  • Ensuring integrated psychosocial and medical treatment
  • Work force development: How to build a team
  • Monitoring treatment providers’ compliance with state guidelines 
  • Monitoring compliance with MAT: diversion, use of other drugs and alcohol, continuing criminal behavior
  • Response to violations
  • Procedure for terminating approval to use MAT

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 
Concurrent Workshop Session V

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct: How Drug Courts Can Help, Judge Rogelio R. Flores
This session will focus on what can happen to lawful permanent residents and undocumented workers (and their families) that are facing immigration consequences for alleged criminal conduct. Drug courts have proven to be an effective tool to help mitigate negative consequences for many of these individuals. The impact on criminal prosecutions for whose eligible for the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and President Obama’s Executive Orders on immigration will be discussed.

Issues and Upgrades in the DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock License Program, Judge Harvey Hoffman, Judge Geno Salomone, Heidi Cannon, Colleen Tulloch Brown, Thomas Myers and Mary Rademacher
Repeat DWI offenders have the opportunity to secure broad restricted licenses if they are in an Adult Drug court, DWI/Sobriety Court or a Veteran’s Court and have ignition interlocks on their vehicles.  As with any new program, changes evolve over time as the system matures.  Members of the DWI/Sobriety Court Working Group with review changes and upgrades to the DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock License program that will affect DWI/Sobriety Courts, Adult Drug Courts and Veteran’s Treatment Courts.

Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach, Eric Nation, Stacee Read, MSW, LCSW

This presentation will highlight the advantages of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children’s approach for permanency and safety for children through the formation of multi-disciplinary partnerships that take advantage of existing agency personnel, resources, and responsibilities to coordinate mutual interests and duties to meet the specific needs of children at risk due to their parents’ illegal drug involvement. This session will look at overcoming the challenges in aligning systems responsible for preventing, intervening, and treating these issues to achieve shared goals. This presentation is relevant for practitioners in all problem-solving courts.

The Science of Addiction in Native Americans, Joseph Gone, PhD

Native Americans have long been viewed as uniquely vulnerable to substance abuse problems. Although Native communities do appear to suffer from health disparities associated with addiction, research findings have complicated or even debunked many features of the age-old “firewater myth.” This presentation will summarize basic research knowledge about the prevalence, consequences, treatments, and community responses to substance abuse problems in “Indian Country” as contextualized by culture, history, and colonization. This presentation is relevant to practitioners in healing-to-wellness courts and also to those treatment court practitioners serving Native American clients.  

Fundamentals of Grant Writing: Part 1, Michelle White, MPA, Tara Kunkel, MSW

There are millions of dollars in state and federal grants available to address common challenges facing courts and their criminal justice and human services partners. This workshop is designed to help your court identify these funding opportunities and teach you the skills you need to write an effective state or federal grant application.  Whether this is your first time writing a grant or you have some experience in grant writing, this workshop is sure to give you a competitive edge.  

Motivational Interviewing for Juvenile Courts, Michael Clark, MSW
Michigan Juvenile Treatment Courts operate within larger Family Division - Circuit Court settings where “punishment forces” await to negatively influence a treatment court. The treatment mission must be periodically tuned-up and reinforced or a “drift” back towards punishment will often occur. Treatment court staff  turn to Motivational Interviewing to help themselves and their teams stay focused on treatment goals. Motivation Interviewing answers the critical questions: Why do adolescents and parents change? How do youth and parents change? What can treatment court teams do to increase a program participant's readiness to change? Learn how well-intentioned efforts with adolescent participants can actually make them more “stuck” in the problem. Stop the challenging and arguing—learn how to bypass resistance to start challenging program participants moving toward healthy outcomes.

Medication Assisted Treatment in Mental Health Court, Michael Fox DO 
Dr. Fox will discuss how medication assisted treatment for substance abuse disorders can be integrated into a treatment plan for a mental health court participant. He will discuss drugs that reduce alcohol and opioid cravings, including dosage, injectibles, side effects and monitoring, and any interactions they may have with psych medicines.

Meditation and Other Mindfulness Techniques to Treat Trauma and Addiction, David  Krajovic,  BSBA, MBA, Patricia Krajovic BS,MPA,MBA
This presentation will discuss the effects of mindfulness meditation and conscious breathing on stress related maladies including substance abuse and PTSD. Mindfulness Techniques, especially when a person is under stress, limit reactivity and better enables the individual to consciously respond to stimuli rather react with negative emotions. Strategies for increasing consciousness in responding will be explored. 

Clinical Update on Opioid Dependence and Treatment , Sponsored by Direct Success, Will Mullen
This presentation looks at the prevalence and incidence of the disease of opiate addiction. It will also cover updates on misuse, abuse and diversion for the formulations of buprenorphine. There will be  specific data of current trends on diversion data with Suboxone Film derived from national studies and the RADARS Program. The presentation also covers best practices for stakeholders to mitigate the probability of diversion of Buprenorphine products.

Drug Testing: Fact vs Fiction, Sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Christie Zurface
This session will discuss some of the explanations used by some drug court participants/probationers to explain their positive drug test results. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: THC passive inhalation; poppy seeds & opiate positives; “cleansers” to rid the body of drugs & the impact of creatinine on a drug metabolite. At the end of this session, the audience will be able to better determine what is truly drug testing fact or if the explanation is pure fiction. The audience will also be able to share with their colleagues some explanations that they have heard from their clients.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Snack Break/Vendors Exhibits

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
  Concurrent Workshop Sessions VI

Due Process and Other Legal Issues in Treatment Courts, Judge Patrick Bowler (Ret.)

The ten key components of drug treatment courts require the protection of participants’ due process rights. (KC #2) In recent years allegations of violations of due process and other legal issues have arisen out of drug treatment court practices. Some have reached the appellate level. What are the constitutional issues that our drug treatment courts should be aware of? What are the trends? What new issues should be anticipated? These questions and other critical legal issues that impact our drug treatment courts, such as the court’s responsibility to abide by the laws of confidentiality, will be addressed in this session.

Contributions From Law Enforcement Members of Your Team, Kenneth Stecker, JD, SGT Jeffrey Stoll, Tpr. Fred Strich
This presentation will explore sobriety court issues from the law enforcement officer’s perspective. Participants will learn about the challenges and benefits of “home visits”; field sobriety tests for drugged drivers; and numerous search and seizure issues. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the specialized knowledge that a law enforcement officer can bring to the team. The presentation is relevant for practitioners in all problem solving courts.

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Approach “Moving from Awareness to Action…”, Eric Nation, Stacee Read, MSW, LCSW
The presentation will focus on how to implement the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children’s Approach which is a comprehensive strategy based on collaboration between various disciplines and agencies that has proven to be effective in improving the likelihood of better outcomes for drug endangered children. This presentation will provide insights about how various practitioners—including child welfare professionals, law enforcement officers, court/judicial professionals, prosecutors, probation/parole, medical personnel, educators and treatment providers—are in a position to identify, protect, and serve drug endangered children and their families. This presentation is relevant for practitioners in all problem-solving courts.

Confidentiality & HIPAA in Healing-to-Wellness Courts, Carrie Garrow, J.D., M.P.P., Chief Appellate Judge, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court, Mark Panasiewicz, L.L.M.S.W.

This presentation will debunk many of the myths surrounding 42 C.F.R. Part 2, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and provide guidance as to how all team members can effectively protect the participant’s confidentiality while also substantively contribute to that participant’s recovery in a team-based approach. This workshop will include practical guidelines and sample forms and is relevant to practitioners working in all types of treatment courts.

Fundamentals of Grant Writing: Part 2, MUST HAVE COMPLETED PART 1 TO ATTEND THIS SESSION, Michelle White, MPA, Tara Kunkel, MSW

There are millions of dollars in state and federal grants available to address common challenges facing courts and their criminal justice and human services partners. This workshop is designed to help your court identify these funding opportunities and teach you the skills you need to write an effective state or federal grant application. Whether this is your first time writing a grant or you have some experience in grant writing, this workshop is sure to give you a competitive edge.  

Peer Support Services in Drug Courts – Experience of the Ottawa County Circuit Court, Andy Brown, MPA, Janet Laing, LMSW, Emily Achterhof, BA, Priscilla Shafor, BS, CADC, CPRM-M, Anthony Sledge, CPRM-M
This presentation will share the experience of the Ottawa County Circuit Court (Adult Drug Treatment Court) in developing a peer recovery support program in collaboration with Ottagan Addictions Recovery. The presentation will cover the administrative and funding challenges, developing the position description and role, and integrating the service into the existing continuum of care.

Confidentiality Issues in Mental Health Court, Judge Laura Mack 
Judge Mack will identify and discuss confidentiality issues, both in common with other treatment courts and unique to mental health courts. Relevant portions of HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, Michigan’s Mental Health Code and Michigan’s Mental Health Court statutes will be discussed. Possible solutions to issues involving review hearings, files and communications will be explored, including the use of comprehensive waivers and releases


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