Building Stronger Families and Brighter Futures: The Unique Adaptations of the Family Drug Court and Family Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts to Better Serve Children, Families, and Communities [Presentation Slides] (Presentation at the 2017 National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training Conference, July 9-12, 2017, Oxen Hill, MD).
Schilfgaarde, Lauren van. Corona, Marianna.
National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training Conference (2017 : Oxen Hill, MD).
National Family Drug Court TTA Program.
Presentation Training Material Conference Materials
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
Sponsoring Organization: United States Office of Justice Programs. United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.
This federally funded slide presentation highlights the achievements and challenges of the Family Drug Court (FDC) and Tribal to Wellness Court movements as adaptations of the drug court model, and explores the unique role and importance of Tribal justice systems, family and holistic approach to recovery, and cultural values embedded in Tribal to Wellness Courts. Slides present information that indicate in 2015, parental alcohol or other drug use was identified as a reason for removal for 34.4% of children nationally; there were 121,832 children with terminated parent rights due to parent alcohol or drug abuse in 2015 (39.3% of the total); cigarette addiction in Indian County is 52%, the highest among all other ethnic groups, and alcoholism is at an all-time high among Native people; and most violent crimes committed in Indian country involve alcohol/drugs on both the part of the offender and the victim. The benefits of collaborative policy and practices are emphasized, and positive FDC outcomes are listed. Additional slides review the history of tribal justice systems, the complex jurisdictional framework, Healing to Wellness Courts that are tribal drug courts, and key FDC ingredients. Ingredients highlighted include: system of identifying families, timely access to assessment and treatment services, increased management of recovery services and compliance with treatment, improved family-centered services and parent-child relationships, increased judicial oversight, systematic response for participants based on contingency management, and collaborative non-adversarial approach grounded in efficient communication across service systems and court. Final slides consider the application of the Adoption and Safe Families Act to tribes and tribal considerations.
interagency collaboration; child welfare services; cultural competency; cultural differences; substance abusing parents; tribal social services; family drug courts