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Recorded Webinars

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List of webinars

"Rural Drug Courts: Challenges and Solutions" | "Improving Cultural Efficiency in Drug Court Programs" | "Co-Occurring Mental Health And Substance Abuse Disorders: Assessing Needs And Serving Drug Court-Eligible Participants" | "Strategies to Engage and Retain Young Adults in Drug Court Programs" | "Gender Issues in Drug Court Programs" | "Working with Veterans and Their Families in Adult Drug Courts" | "Addiction and the Neuroscience of the Brain"|"Budget Advocacy in the 21st Century Session I: Cultivating Relationships"| "Budget Advocacy in the 21st Century Session II: Data Collection and Analysis for Budget Advocacy" | "Budget Advocacy in the 21st Century Session III: Persuasive Budget Advocacy"

BJA Drug Court Grantee Orientation Webinar

The BJA Drug Court Grantee Orientation Webinar was conducted on December 18, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in coordination with a collaborative of Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) providers, to provide an orientation for BJA Drug Court Grantees regarding BJA training and technical assistance resources that are available free of charge.

The purpose of the webinar was two-fold: (1) to familiarize new grantees with the vision of BJA’s strategic plan as it relates to your drug court discretionary grant program; and (2) to equip drug court practitioners operating within other existing grants with useful resources to improve service delivery. 

The webinar covered a variety of topics, including an overview of BJA goals and expectations for the BJA Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, a review of programmatic requirements for all federal grant recipients, information regarding the training and technical assistance services available, free of charge, to grantees, and procedures for requesting these services for your program.

Attached are the webinar slides along with the agenda, a resource list and an FAQ on Assessment Instruments:

To view this webinar, please click: BJA Drug Court Grantee Orientation Webinar

Panelist on this webinar included representatives from BJA's policy and grant management offices, and the BJA TA and Training Provider collaborative: American University, the Center for Court Innovation, Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, which assist BJA in carrying out its mission to reduce substance abuse and recidivism.

Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System

This two part interactive webinar series demonstrates key features of the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System for drug court staff who are interested in "hands-on" demonstration of its key features.
The session was conducted by Jose Ferrer of the Buffalo City Drug Court who, with Judge Robert Russell and the late Hank Pirowski, has been the principal developer of the system.
The goal for these training sessions is to:   

  • Provide an overview of the Buffalo DMIS, including its overall structure, data collection, and reporting capabilities;
  • Train staff on how to use the MIS, including data input procedures, reporting, and management functions related to the program's operations;
  • Provide staff with the tools and capacity to update and modify the program as needed; and
  • Ensure that Drug Court staff can independently operate the MIS.

For the descriptions and links to the archived webinars, please see below:

Session One: Introduction to the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System
Trainer: Jose Ferrer, Developer of the Buffalo DMIS
Date and Time: December 3rd, 2014 2-3pm EST
Course Description
: Overview of the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System features, including capabilities for:

  • Collection of participant data from treatment and other stakeholder agencies;
  • Displaying and updating participant docket schedules;
  • Generating drug court program reports;
  • Program requirements; and
  • Applications for Veterans and Mental Health Court documents.

To view this webinar please click: Introduction to the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System

Session Two: Advance Training on the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System

Trainer: Jose Ferrer, Developer of the Buffalo DMIS
Date and Time: December 10th, 20142-3pm EST
Course Description
: Customizing the database to fit local needs, security concerns, printing program statistical data and reports. This session will specifically cover:
  • How to get access to all the objects within the database (Tables, Queries, Forms, etc.);
  • How to create fields and types of fields;
  • How to pull information from the tables thru queries;
  • How to create Crosstabs;
  • How to modify the Rolodex or any of the forms within the database (Add fields, remove fields, add new Tabs);
  • How to create a form within a form (sub-forms);
  • How to create and generate Charts and Reports; and
  • How to use the Compact feature of the database.

To view this webinar please click: Advance Training on the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System

Rural Drug Courts: Challenges and Solutions - January 29, 2014

The focus of this webinar is upon the special challenges encountered by drug courts and their treatment providers in rural and frontier areas of the country and responses that have proven affective. This webinar also drew on a Technical Assistance Guide on Drug Court Treatment Services developed through the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project (soon to be published). Presenters provided a detailed look into each of these challenges and how some of the existing rural programs are addressing some of these issues through use of innovative use of technology such as Skype or Teleconferencing, Virtual Counseling, Telehealth services, etc.

Improving Cultural Proficiency in Drug Court Programs

Andrew Osborne, MS Ed, Ches, National Drug Research Institutes (NDRI)

Session 1: Introduction to Culture - March 30th, 2011
Session 2: Screening and Assessment - April 6th, 2011

Co-Occurring Mental Health And Substance Abuse Disorders: Assessing Needs And Serving Drug Court-Eligible Participants

Paul Warren, LMSW, National Drug Research Institutes (NDRI)

Session I: Introduction To Co-Occurring Disorders – February 23rd, 2011
Session II: Screening And Assessment – March 2nd, 2011
Session III: Treatment – March 9th, 2011

Budget Advocacy in the 21st Century 

American University, Justice Programs Office and National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), have launched the project, “Answering Gideon’s Call,” to provide technical assistance and information to help indigent defenders adhere to the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.The project’s 2014 survey of defender offices revealed that overwhelmingly offices desired more information to assist with budget advocacy strategies. In response to this repeated request, American University and NLADA designed this three-part webinar series to provide tools and information for defender offices to use during budget season and throughout the year.

Session I: Cultivating Relationships – Recorded on January 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Defender offices that must appeal to local or state legislatures for increased budgets could benefit greatly from allies who will advocate for their cause. With whom should you start cultivating relationships to develop allies? When? What are some strategies to open the door to these relationships? This session will talk about cultivating relationships with likely and unlikely allies, both within and outside of the criminal justice system, in support of defender offices’ budget initiatives. 
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 8

Session II: Data Collection and Analysis for Budget Advocacy – Recorded on April 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. EDT
Everyone’s talking about data, data, data. But what data should you collect for purposes of budget advocacy? How should you collect this data? How can you creatively use data you are already collecting in support of budget initiatives? This session provide answers to these questions, along with some cost effective ways to collect and analyze data in preparation for budget advocacy. 
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 5, 8

Session III: Persuasive Budget Advocacy - Recorded July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here.
Now you have the allies and information, but what are some best practices in persuasive presentation before decision makers for that budget increase? What are some tools you can use to see things your way, beyond reading from your submitted report? This session will help you think outside of the box to help you develop your presentation style and content before presenting your budget proposals to policy makers or potential funders.
Ten Principles: 1, 2, 5, 8

Additional Resources: 
Basic Data Every Defender Program Needs to Track, A Toolkit for Defender Leaders
-The Missouri Project, A Study of the Missouri Public Defender and Attorney Workload Standards
-Panelist Book Recommendation: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from Data by Charles Wheelan