SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Webinar: Planning for the Future: Ensuring Sustainability for Drug Treatment Courts

Event Start Date: February 29, 2024 - 1:30 PM EDT
Event End Date: February 29, 2024 - 3:00 PM EDT

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Ensuring long-term sustainability for drug treatment courts requires careful planning of strategies that encompass data collection, messaging, and partnership building. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug treatment courts have an opportunity to reexamine the focus of their programs on individuals in their communities identified as having high service needs and being at high risk of recidivism, who would benefit from intensive programming, such as a drug court. This means that courts may serve fewer individuals but still provide compelling benefits to system partners through reductions in calls to 911, law enforcement contacts, jail bookings, jail bed days, court hearings, and other costly interactions with criminal justice and behavioral health agencies, as well as priceless outcomes for community members through supported recovery for people with serious substance use disorders, reunited families, and restored hope. This SAMHSA-funded GAINS Center webinar will discuss how drug treatment courts can plan for long-term sustainability through a multifaceted approach. The audience will hear about strategies that can be used by drug courts to ensure longevity, including ways to structure and organize a program for long-term success, strategies to increase support from partners and the community, and opportunities to secure ongoing funding.

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