CACC – California Association of Collaborative Courts

Training Library

Links below will take you to

  • Power point presentations and video productions of trainings presented by California’s collaborative court professionals
  • Trainings hosted by California Association of Collaborative Courts

Power Point Presentations


  • Seven Common Challenges Drug Courts are Encountering: Lessons from Technical Assistance OVERRIDING CHALLENGE: SERVING ALL HIGH RISK/HIGH NEED OFFENDERS WHO NEED DRUG COURT SERVICES
    • Ensuring all High Risk /High Needs drug offenders in the jurisdiction receive drug court services
    • Expanding existing drug courts if/as needed to ensure:
    − Adequate services for High Risk/High Need offenders
    − Multiple tracks to also serve lower risk/low-high need offenders• WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
    – Clearly articulated eligibility criteria focused on inclusion
    – Eligibility criteria that are consistently and transparently applied
    – Full Continuum of treatment and other services



Therapeutic jurisprudence considers therapeutic and anti-therapeutic aspects of the law, the legal system and the roles of court and corrections actors. These presenters share how strategies have been successfully applied in YOUR DRUG COURT and at a Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Center in Sydney, Australia.


  • What Drug Court Judges Should Know About Drug Court Treatment ServicesFocus of the Panel:
    • Summary overview of critical topics relating to drug court treatment from the perspective of information Judge needs to know: As a consumer of treatment services
    • To provide oversight of drug court treatment services
    • To ensure that drug court participants are receiving the evidence based services they need
    • Component of BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Judicial Leadership Initiative

What impact can a recovery coach or recovery support specialists have within an FDC program? According to research, the use of recovery coaches has a positive impact on multiple outcomes, including substance use, mental health, parenting practices, and family functioning outcomes. In addition, the use of recovery coaches significantly increase parents’ access to substance abuse treatment, length of stay in treatment, and increase likelihood that parents will be reunited with their children. This workshop presentation will review available outcome data regarding implementation of this key strategy by FDCs and the opportunities for implementation outside of FDC by the larger CWS system. Key considerations for hiring, training, and funding these positions will also be explored.


In 1997, the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice identified 10 key components of drug courts, providing jurisdictions with a framework for developing and refining their drug courts programs for criminal offenders with substance use disorders. Most recently, Children and Family Futures released Family Drug Court Guidelines to help states and programs create practice and systems changes that will have a lasting impact on FDCs and the families they serve. This workshop session will examine where the 10 Key Components converge with the 10 FDC Guidelines and where they also diverge. The presentation will also explore how FDC Guidelines are aimed at both practice-level and systems-level change and why systems change is particularly critical to FDCs.

Is your Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) benefiting participants as intended? How do you know “what works” with your VTC? What is your sustainability plan? These questions are often intimidating to non-evaluators and many VTC staff believe that they do not have the resources to conduct an evaluation. This session will provide VTC staff with information on how evaluation can improve program design and implementation and demonstrate program impact. Both internal (conducted by court staff) and external evaluation models will be discussed and criteria for choosing an evaluator that matches your needs will be presented.

Many FDCs are excluding clients who are taking prescribed medication to address a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, chronic or acute pain condition, or substance use disorder. There a myriad of practice and policy concerns expressed by FDC teams surrounding this issue thus raising the need for thoughtful guidance, greater awareness, continuing education regarding medical-assisted treatment (MAT). The convergence of various trends, including the advent of new medications for substance use disorders highlight the need for greater understanding of MAT for FDC programs. This workshop presentation will provide an overview of medication assisted treatment and explore key considerations for as a way to opening the doors for this population. Practice and policy examples and implications for collaborative practice between CWS, treatment, and the Courts will be presented.

This workshop presentation will offer the experiences of Grantees from the Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Grant program. Funded by SAMHSA in 2010, this initiative focused on expanding and/or enhancing services to children and their families participating in a FDC due to parental substance use. The session will explore the unique program designs, selected strategies, challenges and lessons learned, surrounding planning, implementation, and sustainability planning. Suggestions for further implementation and evaluation regarding services to children in family drug courts will also be explored.

Adult drug court participants bring with them a myriad of family concerns as well as strengths. New research results show that assessing and addressing family needs and cultivating family strengths promotes engagement in adult drug court, recovery and positive drug court outcomes. The Family Strengths and Needs Survey was developed to identify intra-familial resources, service needs and areas in which additional screening and assessment are needed. Learn about the Family Strengths and Needs Survey, its capability to be automated, data checked and integrated into databases with useful reporting and evaluation functions. Results of administration of the Family Strengths and Needs Survey in pilot projects in Montana and elsewhere will be described, and the effects of providing family focused resources to adult drug court participants explained.

All collaborative courts are family courts if their clients include parents and children. Many clients have legal matters involving juvenile delinquency, dependency, family, and domestic violence matters. This workshop will offer judicial leaders and legal professionals working in adult drug courts an overview of the dependency court and child welfare system and offer some practical strategies on how to work with parents who are involved in family courts. Participants will gain a greater understanding and awareness of how decisions in adult drug court impact the child and family, even if the child is never seen in court. This presentation will make the case for why adult drug courts should pay greater attention to children and families and why cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery.

The accountable, time-limited mandate for achieving permanency for children set forth in the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) drove the demand for a better and coordinated system response to meet the needs of families affected by parental substance use. FDCs have emerged as a model of meaningful collaboration to improve safety, recovery, and permanency outcomes. This workshop presentation will explore the impact of parental substance use on the parent-child relationship and the essential service components needed to address these issues, including ensuring quality visitation and contact, implementation of evidence-based services, including parent education and therapeutic services, and access to ongoing family recovery support. This workshop discussion will explore family readiness as a collaborative practice issue by raising the need for coordinated case plans and effective communication protocols across CWS, treatment, and Court systems. In addition, the discussion will explore different program designs across sites, including the timing and phasing of reunification, family maintenance supervision, and case termination.

Historically, traditional Asian cultures have viewed issues of substance abuse and other addiction disorders (i.e. gambling), domestic violence, and mental illness as stigmas and the source of shame for the individual and the family. There is a strong and broad-based preference for silence on these subjects and individuals who talk about family problems with “outsiders” often suffer emotional and even physical restraints from a large family circle. As a result, studies have shown that there is under-reporting of family and social challenges such as addiction, domestic violence, and mental illness in the Asian American community. How do clinicians penetrate that barrier to form an open and trusting relationship with the individual? How do professionals help when culture and family expectations pull the individual back into denial? How do practitioners awaken the individual without up-ending an entire culture or alienating the individual from his or her family or cultural identity? This workshop will provide drug court professionals the tools and guidance to better serve families from Asian Pacific Islander cultures.

• All collaborative courts are Family Courts when their participants include adults who have children. Serving children should be a greater priority for all VTCs. This session will explore the importance of incorporating services to children into the Ten Element VTC framework as a way to enlarge the focus from only serving the veteran towards promotion of child and family well-being. Special attention will focus on parental stress, family trauma, and the disruption of the parent-child relationship associated with deployment, reintegration, and then separation from service. Paying more attention in your VTC to children services, however, will require the mobilization and linkage of new resources and forging new partnerships that already serve children and families and address the impact by the veteran’s trauma and court-involvement. The session will point towards the necessity of a family-centered approach for VTCs and the enhanced collaboration it requires.

If grant funding is your primary resource for funding your FDC, then your FDC may not have the infrastructure to sustain itself in this economic climate. Real sustainability planning involves moving beyond the boundaries of your FDC as a project towards a focus on systems thinking and change. This workshop will explore what sustainability and real systems change looks like by looking at refinancing and redirection strategies along with guiding FDC teams from “project-thinking” towards “thinking.” This workshop is only for professionals who do not accept barriers as status quo but rather use them as targets for change.

The statement that “every drug court is a family drug court” is advancing from suggestion to truism among practitioners. Drug court participants are viewed less frequently in isolation and more often as individuals embedded in families. Encouraged by the availability of new assessment approaches, family members’ issues and needs increasingly are being identified and addressed to promote family strength and capacity for support and to eliminate distractions that threaten participant engagement and recovery. The purpose of this session is to address the implications for evaluation of these evolving practices. This workshop is for drug court professionals who are interested in, or actually conducting evaluations in any treatment court setting. Addressing these issues will increase evaluators’ capacity to conduct comprehensive evaluations that account for and measure the effects of these advances in drug court practice.

One of the most important decisions faced by each Family Drug Court is determining its target population and what resources are needed to serve them. What criteria should drive these decisions? A significant amount of research in the adult criminal drug court setting has addressed eligibility criteria and which populations these programs can serve most effectively – namely high-risk, high- need offenders. This workshop presentation will explore the “high-risk, high-need” principle and how this applies to FDCs. A working definition of these concepts will be offered along with implications on key FDC processes, including screening and assessment, staff training, and partnerships needed to provide the scope of services needed to match services to needs. This workshop will include a discussion with participants.

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