Law Enforcement & Corrections
The coercive power of the courts cannot be underestimated in connecting justice-involved persons to effective treatment. This session will explore two examples of court interventions to address persons involved in the justice system due to their opioid use disorder. One example of an intervention in an urban community is the Buffalo Opioid Intervention Court (OIC), a judicially supervised triage program where participants are linked to treatment, including behavioral and medication assisted treatment, within hours of their arrest. The second example of an intervention in a rural community is the Tennessee Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy (TN ROCS), a judicially supervised docket that serves persons assessed as being lower risk for recidivism but with high needs due to their substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, by infusing essential components of drug courts into all criminal and civil courts. Representatives of OIC and TN ROCS will describe their programs, explain how they meet the needs of their communities, and discuss how they can be replicated in different court settings. Also, participants will learn how the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting court and behavioral health partnerships through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar, GA POST.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.