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Drug Courts: A Bridge to Recovery

Class Details

Drug courts are an alternative to traditional prosecution in which a collaborative team of medical clinicians, social workers, lawyers and probation officers work together to try to find a path out of addiction. Supervised probation, mandatory treatments, as well as random drug testing with progress monitored by a supervising probation officer, the court works with a team of treatment providers, which provide clinical assessment, develop and monitor treatment placements and identify ancillary counseling, case management and outreach services.

Join Judge Timothy Bibaud and Drug Court Graduate “Dakota” for their informative, and personal stories about how drug courts address the underlying causes of criminal behavior, substance use disorder and/or mental illness. Judge Bibaud presides over the Dudley District Drug Court in Dudley, Massachusetts. Dakota earned his life back thanks to this innovative treatment strategy and Judge Bibaud’s team of caring and empathetic professionals at the Dudley District Drug Court.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to do the following:
• Explain the Reclaiming Futures, 6-step model that offers a structured approach for interacting with young people involved with the juvenile justice system. Discuss how this model works with programs designed to curb criminal recidivism and reduce drug use.
• Discuss the prevalence of drug courts in the US.
• Explain the effectiveness of Drug Courts with success stories from the Dudley Drug Court
• Discuss common problems with some drug courts that can affect the successful outcomes for those with substance use disorder.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jan 29, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Susan Halpin, Education & Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education Credits: 

Join us for a series of one-hour webinars about topics related to the prevention and treatment of  substance use disorder and mental health.

You are invited to attend all of the webinars, or only the ones that you are interested in. Each webinar has a specific focus within the mental health and substance use disorder fields. The format of each webinar will be a presentation from a medical or community professional currently working to help people with substance-use disorders. The presenters will share their personal experiences and what they have learned by being involved on the front lines of addiction prevention and treatment.

Through each webinar, it is our goal to provide a professional perspective that combines research and/or evidence-based information along with personal experience to further
understanding, and to hopefully alleviate the stigma about topics that are timely relating mental health and the opioid health crisis.


Each webinar has its own specific learning objectives.