Advanced Issues in Cases Involving Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

August 22–25, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

Dockets are full of cases with defendants who have substance addictions and suffer from mental health disorders. These defendants show up in family court, traffic court, veterans and drug courts, and on your civil and criminal dockets. The judge who adjudicates these cases needs to have a thorough understanding of the complex and intertwined issues of addiction and mental illness. The NJC offers this intense, advanced course on co-occurring disorders to address the need for in-depth education on this topic.

Enrollment is limited and has prerequisites. Selected participants need a working knowledge of mental health disorders and substance abuse issues as commonly seen in court. The course is suitable for judges who have previously attended Fundamentals of Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disorders, or Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues; currently sit on a mental health court; or obtain specific faculty approval. For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.
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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify and request appropriate assessments.
  • Develop judicial strategies for defendant treatment and monitoring.
  • Design a plan to implement these strategies in the court system.
  • The class may attend a BJA-designated mental health court site or other appropriate facility to enhance the learning experience, discuss ethical issues facing judges, and review alternatives for a “media catastrophe.”

Who should attend?

Enrollment is limited and has prerequisites. Selected participants need a working knowledge of mental health disorders and substance abuse issues as commonly seen in court. The course is suitable for judges who have previously attended Fundamentals of Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disorders, or Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues; currently sit on a mental health court; or obtain specific faculty approval.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Experience mental health court judges and professionals in the field will lead you through the course material.

How is this course taught?

The class is in a graduate seminar format with course work required before and after the in-class dates. In this enhanced course, emphasis is placed on integrating the judge’s existing knowledge of co-occurring disorders with practical in-court experience. You will have lecture, inter-active discussion, and possibly a field trip.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Co-occurring defendants show up in family court, traffic court, veterans and drug courts, and on your civil and criminal dockets. Because these dockets are full of cases with defendants with co-occurring issues, the judge who adjudicates them needs to have a thorough understanding of the complex and intertwined issues of addiction and mental illness. Without tools to address these complete issues, these defendants recycle though your court and continue to endanger the public and act as a burden on the legal system.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies as an elective for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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