We proudly present the Children and Families Program (CFP) which highlights sessions created to cut across all types of drug courts. This program outlines sessions that bring a family focus to treatment and recovery throughout the largest annual training event for drug court professionals at the 2019 NADCP Annual Training Conference featuring Vet Court Con.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Raising the Bar - What you Need to Know about the Family Treatment Court National Best Practice Standards
Time: 9:15am – 12:15pm
Room: National Harbor 2-3
Session: SB – 5
Presenter(s): Jane Pfeifer, Kathryn Barry, Kirstin Frescoln, Lisa McElroy, Meghan Wheeler, Terrence Walton, Theresa Lemus
The Center for Children and Family Futures and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, with the support of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, have partnered in the development of the Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards. The goal was to create model standards to: 1) guide the daily operations of FTC; 2) support state decisions regarding resource development and priorities; and, 3) improve outcomes for individuals, children, and families affected by substance use and mental health disorders who are involved in the child welfare system. This session will introduce policy leaders and local practitioners to the Standards and provide an opportunity to begin exploring how adoption of the Standards will improve FTC practice.
- Summarize the need for and development of FTC Best Practice Standards and how they align with the National FTC Strategic Plan
- Explain how states and local jurisdictions can use the Standards to improve FTC practice and inform statewide standards and local policies and procedures
- Describe the ways that the Standards reflect earlier policy and practice guidance for family treatment courts
- Identify the 8 Standards and the provisions which describe each of the Standards
- Discuss how the Standards relate to your FTC’s current practice
Let’s Talk This Out! Recovery and Reunification in Family Treatment Court
Time: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
Room: Chesapeake GHI
Session: TS – 8
Presenters:Alexis Balkey, Russ Bermejo, Tessa Richter
Families involved in the child welfare system and affected by parental substance use disorders face a difficult and arduous journey toward achieving recovery and reunification goals within the time limits set by the Adoption and Safe Families Act. FTCs provide a pathway for achieving positive outcomes through interagency collaboration, coordinated and comprehensive service delivery addressing the needs of the entire family, and enhanced accountability. Once a family engages, they have a higher chance of experiencing successful outcomes. The presenters will discuss effective staffing and court hearing practices that improve cross-systems communication, examine the parent-child relationship, and assess the family’s strengths and needs to determine when it is safe and appropriate to return a child home. This workshop discussion will explore family engagement and family readiness as a collaborative practice challenge and the need for coordinated case plans and effective communication protocols across child welfare, treatment, and court systems. The audience will learn practice tips to collaboratively assess for readiness and put those recommendations into practice by engaging in an interactive simulation of a treatment team meeting and status review hearing.
- Examine the importance of implementing effective engagement strategies for families affected by substance use disorders
- Learn various case management and cross-system communication strategies that assess for family
strengths and needs the support successful family recovery and family reunification
- Witness first-hand how to enhance pre-court treatment team and status review hearings to ensure the needs of the family are being addressed shifting from “problem reporting” to “problem solving”
Planning for Safe Care - Serving Mothers and Infants Affected by Opioid Use Disorders
Time: 8:00am – 9:15am
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Session: A – 7
Presenter(s): Teri Kook and Theresa Lemus
The nation’s prescription drug and opioid crisis has led to an increase in opioid use disorders among pregnant and parenting women. Best practices suggest the need for a collaborative response across systems to improve outcomes, reduce risks and adverse consequences for pregnant and parenting women and their infants, and help families remain together safely.
In July 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law including amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The amendments focused on improving well-being and safety for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families or caregivers by: including exposure to both legal and illegal substances in the categories of infants to be identified, specifying requirements for notification to child protective services, stipulating the development of a plan of safe care that includes the treatment needs of the family/caregiver in the plan, and increasing monitoring requirements.
Collaborative practice is critical to addressing the complex needs of infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families both within and outside the child welfare system. This workshop will highlight strategies and best practices in developing collaborative teams that can serve the diverse needs of infants with prenatal substance exposure, including addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorders. Participants will learn how collaborative teams can use the Plan of Safe Care to drive a comprehensive, family-centered approach to improve the well-being and safety of infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families. Finally, we will share examples of states and localities that have successfully incorporated collaborative practice into their systems for infants with prenatal substance exposure to highlight challenges, successes and tools to support a family-centered, collaborative approach.
- Understand the importance of family-centered treatment in a collaborative approach to serving infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families
- Identify strategies to expand collaborative teams that can work effectively with pregnant and parenting women and their infants affected by prenatal substance exposure
- Learn how collaborative teams can develop an approach to implement comprehensive and effective CAPTA Plans of Safe Care
- Identify challenges, successes, and tools for implementing a comprehensive, family-centered approach to serving infants with prenatal substance exposure
Show me the Money! A Family Treatment Court Cost-Offset Analysis
Time: 9:30am – 10:45am
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Session: B – 7
Presenter(s): Graig Crawford, Kelli Sutton, Marc Winokur
The Jefferson County (Colorado) Family Integrated Treatment (FIT) model drug court has been using quantitative and qualitative data for over ten years for program development and continuous quality improvement. This session will outline how the Jefferson County FIT team has used data to inform areas of potential improvement and make changes to the program resulting in improvements in outcomes for children and families. This session will focus on the internal evaluation efforts including the type of data collected, collection methods, and provide specific examples of how the data have been used to evaluate and improve the FIT program. This presentation will examine the results of the formal outcome and cost-offset evaluation conducted by the Colorado State University Social Work Research Center. Funded by the Prevention and Family Recovery grant administered through Children and Family Futures with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Duke Endowment, the evaluation provided a rigorous outcome and cost analysis of the FIT program using propensity score matching. In this section, the methodology used to identify and match FIT cases to a comparison group of cases also with substance use served in the traditional Child Welfare track will be described, the results and key findings of the evaluation and next steps will also be provided.
- Identify what program and outcome data are useful for evaluation of family treatment courts (FTCs)
- Review examples of how data can be used to evaluate and improve FTC programs
- Discover key changes in Jefferson County FIT program that have resulted in improved outcomes
- Examine key child welfare outcome measures used in FTC program evaluation
- Identify statistical methods used to evaluate FTC outcomes (cohorts and propensity score matching)
- Review results of both internal program evaluation as well as formal outcome and cost evaluation with
Colorado State University
Fostering Hope and Healing - The Role of Resource Parents and Kinship Caregivers in Supporting Family Recovery and Reunification
Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Presenter(s): Alexis Balkey, Russ Bermejo,
As Family Treatment Court (FTC) programs are expanding and strengthening their collaborative partnerships, foster parents and kinship caregivers are being recognized as valuable members of the team for the important role they can play in supporting the goals of family recovery and family reunification. Foster parents are now commonly referred to as “resource parents” to reflect the critical role they have in the lives of families involved in the child welfare system. In addition to providing for the needs of the child, they can also be a source of support for the birth family as they seek to achieve recovery, safety, stability, and permanency. Resource parents can be a valuable source of information used for making important decisions regarding the child and family. This presentation will explore the important role of resource parents in supporting the family recovery and reunification process. This presentation will highlight the importance of facilitating quality and frequent family time, co-parenting with the birth parent, and providing a trauma-informed approach.
- Understand the important role resource parents and kinship caregivers have in supporting family recovery and reunification
- Highlight the essential topics and strategies for effective recruitment, training, and support of resource parents to better serve families affected by parental substance use
- Learn how FTCs are engaging resource parents as valued member of the FTC team
Challenges in Responding to Participant Behavior (and How to Solve Them)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Track: D – 7
Presenter(s): Brooke O’Byrne, Kirstin Frescoln, Graham Peper
Many family treatment courts (FTCs) are challenged with effectively responding to participant behavior. The complexities of supporting real behavior change and providing accountability to achieve the goals of recovery and safe parenting will require your team to be individualistic yet fair, problem-solving, and therapeutic in its approach. FTCs also need to consider underlying causes of behaviors, the effect of the response on the participant’s children, and the participant’s engagement in treatment and supportive services. This presentation will explore key considerations in responding to participant behavior through review of the most recent research and will explore hot topics such as the use of jail, phase advancement, and termination. A Take Action Guide will be provided to ensure attendees translate learning into practice.
- Describe the key guiding principles of responding to participant behavior in FTCs
- Discuss effective approaches to responding to participant behavior that are family-centered, problem-solving, trauma-informed, and therapeutic
- Apply strategies and solutions implemented by various FTCs that are effectively and thoughtfully responding to participant behavior
Amazing Dads - What We Are Learning in Ithaca NY on Engaging Fathers in Family Treatment Court
Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Room: Chesapeake ABC
Session: E – 7
Presenter(s):Gale Smith, Harrison Crawford, Honorable John C. Rowley, Tommy Miller
This presentation explores the importance of engaging fathers from a gender-responsive and trauma-informed perspective. Research confirms that a father’s involvement in his child’s life has a number of significant positive effects, yet many organizations and programs struggle to engage fathers on a consistent basis. This presentation highlights the common challenges for father engagement in typical community-based and child welfare services. Attendees of this session are introduced to Amazing Dads: Finding the Father Within—a curriculum designed specifically for fathers, and one that deals with often unaddressed areas like trauma, sexuality, relational competence, and more with the intent of improving engagement and outcomes for those dads who participate. Presenters also include facilitators from a pilot program of the Amazing Dads curriculum who discuss their experience with implementing this curriculum with the fathers they serve.
- Highlight the importance of engaging fathers for improving their children’s well-being
- Discuss the effects that male socialization has on father engagement in typical services
- Explore Amazing Dads: Finding the Father Within—a gender-responsive, trauma-informed curriculum designed specifically for fathers
Connecting Veteran Treatment Courts and Veteran Justice Outreach Services through Collaborative Court Staffing
Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Room: Annapolis 1-2
Presenter(s): Larisa Owen and Honorable Mary Kreber Varipapa
This session will explore the need to establish connections between Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs), teams of Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) mentors, and probation staff and the existing family- and childserving agencies within the community. All collaborative courts are family courts when their participants include adults who have children. Recent survey results indicate that more than half of the participants served by VTCs are parents with children. Prioritizing family-centered approaches in VTCs is justified based on the trauma and substance use disorder service needs of veterans, their children, and families. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to improve service delivery by examining the collaborative strategies within the Ten Element VTC Framework. Highlights of this presentation include particular attention to parental stress, family trauma, and the associated factors of disrupted parentchild relationships including deployment, reintegration, and separation from service. Presenters will make the case for family-centered approaches by drawing on their collective experience as part of a collaborative coalition in Orange County, California which provides services to veterans involved in collaborative courts (i.e., Veterans Treatment Court, Domestic Violence Court), mental health systems, and their children and families.
- Develop an understanding about the importance of applying family-centered approaches through a continuum of services to address the unique needs of veterans, their children, and families
- Learn how to apply the key principles of the Ten Element VTC Framework to enhance collaboration, develop community partnerships, and improve service delivery to VTC participants
- Increase an awareness and advance knowledge about the associative factors affecting parent-child relationships including deployment, reintegration, and separation from service
Families Matter in all Treatment Courts: Transitioning to a Family-Centered Approach
Time: 8:00am – 9:15am
Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom BCD
Track: CS – 5
Presenter(s): Kisten Born, Shawna Hopple, Theresa Lemus, Judge Michael Montero, and Meghan Wheeler
All collaborative courts are family courts if their clients are part of a family system. Substance use disorders have a profound effect on all relationships in the family unit and recovery support must extend beyond the client to a more family-centered approach. This concurrent general session will offer judicial leaders and treatment court professionals working in any treatment court key strategies for implementing a family-focused approach. This presentation will make the case for why all treatment courts should pay greater attention to children and families and that cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery. Presenters will share lessons from a published study by Children and Family Futures and NADCP—Transitioning to a Family Centered Approach: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Three Adult Drug Courts. Panelists from three adult treatment courts that are transitioning to a family-centered approach will share their motivation for focusing on the family unit as well as concrete strategies for screening, data collection, and new partnerships that helped them expand services to families and children.
- Gain a greater understanding of the effect of substance use on the family and the importance of addressing their needs as a critical part of recovery
- Learn how cross-systems collaboration, communication, and community partnerships are critical in serving the complex needs of children and families in your treatment court
- Learn key lessons, take-aways, and challenges from three adult treatment court programs that are transitioning to a family-centered approach
Family Treatment Court Practitioners
Time: 7:45am – 9:00am
Room: Chesapeake JKL
Track: DSB – 17
Presenter(s): Russ Bermejo, Tessa Richter, Graham Peper
Want to know what sessions you should attend? Have questions about the conference agenda? Need to discuss burning issues affecting your FTC? This year’s discipline-specific sessions are for you! This year’s conference includes opportunities for professionals to meet and resolve challenges and critical questions based on your discipline. Starting bright and early on Sunday morning at 7:45am, expert practitioners will facilitate the breakout designated for your discipline. The facilitators will review the conference program, identify sessions specifically designed for your role on the team, and lead a discussion to address your hot topics and challenges.
Federal Funders Forum
Time: 8:00am – 9:15am
Room: Baltimore 3-5
Track: CS – 5
Presenter(s): Theresa Lemus, Meghan Wheeler, Judge Michael Montero, Kisten Born, and Shawna Hopple
With the recent release of Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) treatment court funding solicitations, this always-popular session is even more timely. Hear directly from all of the federal funders who provide funding to support treatment courts regarding current funding opportunities. Senior staff from BJA, OJJDP, as well as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will conduct this interactive session. Get all your questions answered, including the outline of the selection process and factors that contribute to a stronger application.
Ensuring Reasonable Efforts for Families Affected by Parental Substance Use
Time: 7:00am – 8:45am
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Track: Table 21
Presenter(s): Graham Peper
2018 – 2019 Peer Learning Courts
The 2018-2019 Peer Learning Courts will help to advance the family treatment court (FTC) movement by furthering the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance. FTC professionals who are particularly interested in learning more about how to implement the newly released FTC Best Practice Standards are encouraged to visit these mentor courts at the RISE19 Exhibit Hall.