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July's Just Thoughts

Just Thoughts blog

Have you been keeping up with our Just Thoughts blog? Here's a roundup of our top posts from July.

If you want to be a guest blogger for us, please email We accept submissions on topics related to our issue and project areas.

Drug Court Review

Call for Papers

The Drug Court Review is now accepting articles for an upcoming issue focusing on innovative treatments and approaches employed by specialized court programs to address the underlying issues of criminal justice involvement.

Changes in the fields of criminal justice, mental and behavioral health, medicine, and technology, as well as shifting trends in social problems, highlight the need for treatment court programs to also evolve in their responses. As such, topics of particular interest to this issue of Drug Court Review include, but are not limited to:

  • Family-centered approaches
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Inter-tribal and/or multi-jurisdictional transfers
  • Rapid responses or immediate linkages to treatment
  • New/promising treatment modalities or program structures

Submissions are due August 31, 2018, and publication is expected in December 2018.

Learn more on the NDCRC website.

Just Thoughts blog

Kim Ball's Summer Reads

Whether you’re traveling for vacation or sticking close to home, be sure to take a book with you, too. And if you need a recommendation, here are some of my favorites:

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Right to Counsel
Read our new report on key takeaways from R2C's third annual meeting and watch our video of not-to-miss moments from the convening to learn about how you can help protect Sixth Amendment rights.
Veterans' Justice and Mental Health Newsletter

JPO's NDCRC has a new monthly newsletter focused on resources related to behavioral health, mental health, and criminal justice issues faced by veterans and military personnel.

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