Thursday March 9, 2017: Early Morning Breakout Session
8:15 am - 9:00 am

Criminal Law Basics

Speakers
Hon. James Cecile, Presiding Judge, Syracuse Drug Treatment Court

Description
This session offers an overview of criminal case processing in the drug treatment court context. Content is intended for drug court professionals without a legal background.

Thursday March 9, 2017: Plenary I
9:45 am - 10:45 am

The Future of Drug Courts in New York State: A Strategic Plan

Speakers
Hon. John R. Schwartz (ret.)
Valerie Raine, Esq., Statewide Drug Court Coordinator, NYS Office of Policy and Planning

Description
This session offers an overview of criminal case processing in the drug treatment court context. Content is intended for drug court professionals without a legal background.

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Thursday March 9, 2017: Morning Breakout Session
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Medication Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

Speakers
Sally Friedman, Legal Director, Legal Action Center; Kim Kozlowski, OCA Office of Policy and Planning

Description
Treatment and other professionals will learn how to work with drug courts and probation agencies to successfully incorporate medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. Presented by Sally Friedman, Esq. the coauthor of a recent groundbreaking report entitled Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies and Kimberly Kozlowski, MS. The workshop will share lessons learned from in-depth profiles and interviews with ten New York courts with successful Medication Assisted Treatment programs. The presentation will cover strategies to address common court concerns, such as illicit use of MAT medications, effective monitoring of MAT participants, and communication between programs and courts.

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Young Opiate Users: Special Challenges

Speakers
Nicole Dempsey, Resource Coordinator, Nassau County Felony Treatment Court

Description
This session will offer an overview of the statewide data on the use of prescription and non-prescription opiates, emphasizing use in the young adult population. The presentation will highlight regional variability, focusing on areas of the state with higher rates of use and more severe consequences for public safety and public health. The discussion will identify the positive roles that drug courts can have on the opiate epidemic in New York State while exploring the unique challenges this population presents such as: severity of use, overdose risks, and appropriate treatment placement. Current best practices for drug court participants will be explored, including: Medication Assisted Therapy, effective court monitoring and drug testing, and the use of evidence-based practices.

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Best Practice Standards

Speakers
Carson Fox, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Description
In 2013, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals published the ground-breaking Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, Volume I. In 2015, Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, Volume II was released. These standards provide practical, implementable, and enforceable guidance on how Drug Courts are to operate in 10 critical areas.

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Trauma Informed Care

Speakers
Linda Stone Fish, M.S.W., Ph.D., Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University

Description
Drug addiction may be a symptom of trauma. Extraordinary scholarship, fueled by the intersection of research from the fields of neuroscience, developmental and attachment theories, and interpersonal neurobiology, coupled with evidence-based practice treatment models guide us in understanding the effects of traumatic experiences on human behavior and how to help people move from traumatic mind states to engaged ones. Dr. Stone Fish will present on the Collaborative Change Model, a trauma-informed practice that integrates research and over 30 years of clinical practice, to help participants work with clients who may have experienced trauma.

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Thursday March 9, 2017: Plenary II
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

New Challenges of the Substance Abusing Population

Introduction
Hon. Marcia Hirsch, Presiding Judge, Queens Treatment Courts

Speaker
Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Division of Correctional Health Services, NYC Health & Hospitals

Description
This session will focus on the growing opiate crisis that is ravaging New York and the rest of the country. Dr. Roy will review the scope of the opiate epidemic and discuss strategies to combat its destructive impact.

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Thursday March 9, 2017: Afternoon Breakout Session
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

“Procedural Justice: To Be Fair and Seen as Fair

Speakers
Emily LaGratta, Director, Procedural Justice Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation

Description:
Research shows that when court users perceive the process to be fair, they are more likely to be compliant with court orders and obey the law in the future – even if they receive an unfavorable outcome. This session will explore the research foundations of procedural justice and brainstorm promising practices, associated with four of its key components: respect, voice, understanding, and neutrality.

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Unique Challenges in Veterans Treatment Courts

Moderator
Dr. Shelly Cohen
Panelists:
Dr. Pamela Linden, Courtney Slade, Desiree Rogers

Description:
Panel discussion including presentations on results of a study of eight Veterans Treatment Courts throughout NYS; strategies for establishing a Veterans Court/Veterans Track in rural communities; the role of the Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator (VJO)/eligibility criteria for VA benefits; and recommended practices regarding assessment, treatment, and sanctions for domestic violence among Veteran participants.

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Peer to Peer/ Recovery Coaching

Panel
Carol Colvin, Resource Coordinator, Auburn City Court, Joe Madonia, Director, Brooklyn Treatment Court

Description:
This presentation will focus on Peer Support/Recovery Coaching in the Adult Treatment Process. The attendee will learn the roles and functions of a recovery coach; principles of recovery; build skills to enhance relationships; explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching. The panel will discuss stages of recovery and of change, address ethical and boundary issues, and offer a wellness plan. Part 2 of the presentation will focus on building an alumni group and how the recovery coach process helped build the Auburn/ Cayuga County Treatment Court Alumni Group.

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Practical Guide to Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments

Speakers
Megan Wheeler

Description:
This presentation outlines the basic behavior modification principles and their applicability in incentives, sanctions, and therapeutic adjustments. It identifies the importance of incentives, both formal and informal, and their application in the program. The presentation recognizes the effect of immediate consequences in modifying client behavior, and identifies the distinctions between court-imposed sanctions, incentives, and treatment responses. The presentation will discuss the importance of formulating a strategy for the application of graduated sanctions, incentives, and appropriate treatment responses, along with the importance of consistent application of those responses.

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Friday March 10, 2017: Morning Breakout Session
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Evidence Based Practices

Speakers
Steve Hanson, Associate Commissioner, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; Michael Rempel, Director of Research, Center for Court Innovation

Description:
This session will provide an overview of three key areas of evidence-based practices: (1) treatment, (2) deterrence, and (3) procedural justice. The discussion of treatment will include an accessible introduction to the Risk-Need-Responsivity principles, how they can be applied in problem-solving courts, and the role of validated assessment tools in improving eligibility decisions and treatment planning. The discussion of deterrence and procedural justice will include tips and tools for improving participant perceptions of the fairness of the court process, while simultaneously conveying a clear message that noncompliance will be met with sanctions.

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Effective and Strategic Drug Testing

Speakers
Helen Harberts, Deputy District Attorney (ret.), Chico, CA

Description:
This session will provide the latest best practice standards for alcohol and drug testing of drug treatment court participants. The discussion will cover the most effective strategies for monitoring and reducing illicit drug use by the participant population.

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Current Trends in Substance Use

Speakers
Kevin Wadalavage, LMHC, Outreach Program, Richmond Hills, NY

Description:
This presentation will review recent developments in the evolving drug scene, along with accompanying legal and clinical issues, including: the growth of new and novel synthetic drugs; emerging issues accompanying cannabis decriminalization and legalization; and the role of the internet in facilitating drug information and access.

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New York Drug Court Peer Review and Online Learning Pilot

Moderator
Sky Davis, OCA Office of Policy and Planning
Panelists

Ronald Butler, Schenectady Drug Treatment Court; Shannon Carey, Co-President, NPC Research; Bonnie Hazard, Troy City Drug Treatment Court; Dennis Reilly, Center for Court Innovation

Description:
The Center for Court Innovation and NPC Research have collaborated to assist the NYS Unified Court System, Office of Policy and Planning, to pilot a statewide fidelity strategy to ensure research-based best practices for adult drug courts. This presentation will describe the NYS peer review pilot implemented in Schenectady and Troy, and a panel of practitioners and administrators will discuss possible statewide applications for this promising fidelity strategy.

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