Treatment Courts:
Celebrating Partnership


Wednesday, March 6, 2013
3:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Registration & Exhibit
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.NYADTCP Board Meeting
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Opening Reception
Welcome: Honorable Joseph Cassata, President, NYADTCP
Opening Remarks: Honorable Judy Harris Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning
Thursday, March 7, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Opening Session
Introductions: Honorable Joseph Cassata, President, NYADTCP
Opening Remarks: Honorable A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Plenary I: "A Partnership Approach: Identifying High Risk and High Needs in a Drug Court Setting"

Introduction: Honorable John Schwartz, Supervising Judge of City Courts, Acting County Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District

Speaker: Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., Chief of Science, Law and Policy, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Description: Targeting Participants for Drug Courts by Risk and Need.

To be effective and cost-efficient, interventions for drug-involved offenders require substantial modifications based upon the risk-and-needs profiles of the individuals. This presentation will review a typology of risk-and-needs profiles for drug offenders and discuss the clinical and supervisory adaptations required for various subtypes. Learning Objectives: -- Identify the specific risk-and-needs profiles of drug offenders that predict better success in Drug Courts as opposed to alternative correctional programs 2 -- Identify the practice implications and policy implications of doing risk-and-needs assessments and targeting drug offenders to specific programs and services.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.BREAK
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Concurrent Sessions I

Breakout 1: "The 2012 New York State Drug Court Evaluation: Policies That Work"

Speakers: Mike Rempel, Research Director, Center for Court Innovation, Amanda Cissner, Principal Research Associate, Center for Court Innovation

Description: This presentation will report findings from a new evaluation of 86 adult drug courts in New York. Policies to be examined include use of risk/need principles; different approaches to interim sanctions; use of jail/prison with participants who fail; legal benefits for graduating; collaboration among drug court team members; and different supervision strategies (judicial status hearings, drug testing, and case management).

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 2: "How to Restructure Your Drug Court to Target High Risk and High Need Participants: A Team Approach"

Speakers: Dr. Geraldine Nagy, Director, Travis County Community Supervision and Corrections and Pretrial Services Departments, Austin, TX

Description: The research on drug courts is making it increasingly clear that drug courts are most effective with high-risk, high need clients. However, transforming a drug court from one that serves low-risk pretrial clients, to one that serves the high-risk population is a challenging task. This workshop will highlight the steps taken to bring a long-standing pretrial diversion Drug Court in Travis County into alignment with the 10 Key Components while moving towards a risk-based model. The workshop will share strategies and tools related to 1) the implementation of separate tracks for low and high risk clients; 2) our redesign of the assessment process and the treatment program to identify and address each individual's risk and needs; and 3) the creation of a risk-based progressive sanctions and incentives model sensitive to proximal and distal goals during the various stages of change. Finally, the presenter will share the importance of team involvement in the change process.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 3: "Working Together to Treat the DWI Offender"

Speaker: Honorable Mark Violante, Niagara Falls City Court, Maritza Karagiorgos, Project Director, Queens Supreme Treatment Court

Description: It is well-established that DWI offenders are a high-risk population, who are likely to be re-arrested again and again for the same offense. This session will explore best practices used in two courts in Niagara Falls and Queens County, NYC to reduce recidivism while working in partnership with law enforcement and treatment providers.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 4: "Effective Approaches in Treating High Risk and High Need Participants in a Drug Court Setting"

Speakers: Honorable John Rowley, Tompkins County Court, James Hollywood, LCSW,Assistant Vice President, Residential Treatment, Samaritan Village, Inc.

Description: The workshop will address the importance of formal tools to assess needs, appropriate clinical intervenes to address criminogenic thinking, and associated conditions and clinical processes to document progress in treatment. Specific tools and interventions will be discussed, as well as examples of collaboration between the courts and treatment providers leading to effective approaches to high risk and high need populations.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.LUNCH

Introduction: Honorable John R. Schwartz, Supervising Judge of City Courts, Acting County Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District

Guest Speaker: West Huddleston, CEO, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Presentation of the Sherry Lintz Drug Court Award of Excellence Honorable John R. Schwartz
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Plenary II: "The Challenging Trifecta: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and Trauma"

Moderator: Valerie Raine, Esq., Director, Drug Court Projects, Center for Court Innovation

Speaker: Hank J. Steadman, Ph.D., President, Policy Research Associates, Inc., April A. Gerlock, Ph.D, ARNP, Gerlock Consulting, LLC

Description: Dr. Gerlock and Dr. Steadman, two national experts in the field of mental illness and trauma and their interface with substance abuse, will discuss research findings and practical implications for drug treatment courts.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.BREAK
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions II

Breakout 1:
"Trauma Informed Approaches for Drug Court Professionals"

Speakers: Jackie Massaro, LMSW, STEP Training & Technical Assistance

Description: High percentages of people involved with the criminal justice system have experienced significant levels of trauma. Drug court professionals can help! They can learn about what trauma is and avoid further traumatizing of these individuals in their exposure to the justice system. This workshop briefly reviews the definition of trauma, gender differences, and the effects of trauma on behavior. It then explores how some criminal justice policies and procedures might further traumatize individuals. Finally, it looks at how each of you as drug court professionals can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, enhance safety, and support recovery so that people can once again become productive members of society.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 2: "Trauma Informed Care: Moving Beyond the Basics"

Moderator: Honorable Marcia Hirsch, Queens Supreme Court

Speakers: Joan B. Gillece, Director, SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, Kim VanCamp, Project Director, Monroe County Supreme Court

Description: It is well recognized that the overwhelming majority of men and women in jails and prisons have experienced trauma that has negatively impacted their lives. This session will assume a basic understanding of trauma-informed care and systems and will explore best practices used to deliver services to this vulnerable population, creating and fostering meaningful partnerships with providers and community resources, and how to renew hope and encourage recovery.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 3: "Staff Wellness: Identifying and Defining Secondary Trauma"

Speaker: Honorable Jo Ann Ferdinand, Brooklyn Treatment Court, Joseph Madonia, Project Director, Brooklyn Treatment Court, Raul Almazar, M.A., RN, President, Almazar Consulting

Description: This session will focus on identifying the effects of Stress and Trauma on Drug Court & Treatment staff. Coordinators/Directors will learn strategies to assist their staff in effectively managing their organizational stress and healing from vicarious/secondary trauma. Attendees will learn practical application of effective organizational strategies.

CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 4: "Working with Veterans"

Speakers: Honorable Robert T. Russell, Buffalo City Court, Dr. Michael DeFalco, Holliswood Hospital, April A. Gerlock, Ph.D, ARNP, Gerlock Consulting, LLC

Description: This session will provide information about the mental health and addiction issues that often stem from the trauma of active combat and that can lead to criminal activity and substance abuse. Topics to be covered include: strategies to address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the important role of mentoring, and accessing community-based services.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Seminar: Innovative Approaches to Monitoring Court-Involved Clients
Concurrent Sessions:
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Session 3: TBD
Session 4: TBD

CASAC 0.45 hours*
Friday, March 8, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Plenary III: "Meeting Challenges: Trying to Stay One Step Ahead"

Speaker: Steve Hanson, M.S. Ed. LMHC, CASAC, Associate Commissioner of the Bureau of Treatment and Practice Innovation for the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Description: This session will address emerging challenges confronting treatment courts. The abuse of prescription medications, "designer drugs," and synthetic marijuana require new ways of thinking about addiction and creative strategies to intervene, engage families, and provide effective treatment.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*
10:15a.m. - 10:30 a.m.BREAK
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions III

Breakout 1: "What You Always Wanted to Know about Synthetic Drugs "

Speakers: Dr. Steven Kipnis, MD, FACP, FASAM , Medical Director New York State Office Of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Services, R. E. Blaisdell Addiction Treatment Center, Orangeburg, NY

Description: The presentation will include an overview of all the synthetics, especially Cannabinoids and "Bath Salts" along with current trends, testing, signs and symptoms of use and legal ramifications. Also to be discussed will be why now? How did we get to this epidemic?

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 2: "The Ultimate Partnership: The Role of the Family in the Success of Drug Treatment"

Speakers: Carol A. Podgorski, Ph.D., MPH, MS, University of Rochester Medical Center

Description: There is ample evidence to suggest that family involvement strongly contributes to successful outcomes in mental health treatment, including treatment of disorders involving substance misuse. This session will focus on the skills necessary to successfully engage family members in drug treatment, as well as factors to consider when deciding when and how to best involve family members in care. At its conclusion, participants who attend this session will be able to: Describe at least 2 evidence-based practices involving families in drug treatment programs; Identify at least 3 key components of family assessment; Describe 3 techniques to promote family engagement; and, Identify at least 2 instances when family involvement may be contraindicated or require special considerations.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 3: "Challenges in DWI Courts, Interlock Devices and Drug Testing"

Speakers: Robert M. Maccarone, Deputy Commissioner and Director, Division of Criminal Justice Services; and, Honorable Nancy M. Sunukjian, Waterford Town Court and Director of the Office of Justice Court Support

Description: This session will review the challenges faced by DWI treatment courts in keeping up with the many legislative changes concerning this area of the law; utilization of the ignition interlock device; enforcement and compliance issues that arise; and the complicated areas of drug and alcohol testing.

CLE Eligible 1.5
CASAC 1.15 hours*

Breakout 4: "From Drug Court to the Classroom: Creating a Court to College Program"

Speakers: Honorable Stephen W. Herrick, Albany County Court Deborah Moeckel, Assistant Provost for Community College Education, SUNY Dr. Richard Washousky, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Erie Community College, Gregg Roth, Associate Director of Drug Court Programs, Center for Court Innovation

Description: A panel of speakers from the New York State Higher Education Initiative's Planning and Advisory Committee will discuss strategies for accessing higher education for drug court participants throughout New York State, provide guidance on how to use the Practitioner's Manual, Intern Manual, Trainer's Guide and Participant's Manual, showcase the two pilot sites in Binghamton and Albany, and offer lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid.

CASAC 1.15 hours*
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*NOTE: CASAC hours are pending OASAS approval CLE credit is awarded by the Center for Court Innovation, an accredited CLE provider. All CLE credit is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys and can be applied to Professional Practice credit. You may earn up to 9 CLE credits. To obtain the Center for Court Innovation’s Financial Aid Policy, please contact
Janelle Cotto at