Agenda - October 14, 2020

Welcome and General Session: Equity and Inclusion. Why Race Matters 1pm - 3pm CT

Welcome

Hon. Janet Holmgren, 17th Judicial Circuit, President ILAPSC Board of Directors


General Session: Equity and Inclusion. Why Race Matters

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1.75 LSW/LCSW Cultural Diversity Credits Approved
1.75 MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

Overview

Racial disparities in drug and other treatment courts continues to be a challenge as it relates to access, engagement, retention, service delivery and other areas.  Courts struggle to address the issue of disparities, and many don’t recognize they exist. The Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards state that citizens who have “historically experienced sustained discrimination or reduced social opportunities because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, physical or mental disability, religion, or socioeconomic status receive the same opportunities as others.” This session will explore how a Drug Court can ensure equivalent access, retention, treatment, incentives and sanctions, dispositions, and provide team training on the necessary issues. This session will incorporate an interactive component in efforts to demonstrate how teams can identify and enhance access to specific populations.  There will be a module introducing the newly developed Equity and Inclusion Toolkit and how teams can create and execute a plan for utilization of the toolkit. The workshop will give teams the tools to identify specific shortcomings of their programs and how they can use the toolkit enhancements to ensure that there is equivalent access to all disadvantaged populations.

Speakers

Carolyn Hardin, Chief of Training and Research, National Association of Drug Court Professionals 

Break and Exhibits 3pm - 3:30pm CT

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Breakout Sessions 3:30pm - 4:45pm CT

Illinois Standards and Re-certification

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This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Overview

The Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) oversees multiple facets of problem-solving courts such as certification, recertification, and data collection. AOIC has several projects currently underway including the development of a new data collection system and is currently collaborating with the Center for Court Innovation and the National Center for State Courts in the development of identified data elements to be collected by all Illinois problem-solving courts. Data collection will provide an essential tool to see a complete picture of problem-solving courts in the state, as well as identify trends and promising practices. The development of problem-solving court training is also an ongoing collaboration with the National Center for State Courts and part of a Bureau of Justice grant awarded to AOIC

Speakers

Hon. Kathryn E. Zenoff, Justice, Second Appellate District of Illinois
Daniel S. Hunt, Assistant Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts - Probation Services Division
Michelle R. O’Brien, JD, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts

The Practical Application of the Science of Behavioral Change in the Courtroom

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1.25 MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved
This session proudly sponsored by SCRAM*

Overview

Research into the treatment court model has given professionals an understanding of how particular responses to behavior can encourage or discourage desired behaviors through the use of incentives and sanctions.  This approach results in short term behavior change.  However, treatment court professionals should strive to ensure that responses to behaviors follow the current research and science in order to provide the participant the motivation and skills to attain long term recovery.  This session will examine how to tailor court responses in a manner that considers the individual needs of the participant.  Effective responses include incentives, sanctions and therapeutic adjustments, including case management assistance when needed. Treatment court professionals will be encouraged to consider whether a response will build motivation and continued engagement in the change process or the reverse, resulting the participant disengaging and ultimately returning to criminality and substance use

Speakers

Hon. Peggy Davis, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

Strengthening Law Enforcement’s Role in Your Drug Court

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This session proudly sponsored by Rosecrance*

Overview

Law enforcements partnership with local drug courts becomes critical to the program’s success and public safety enhancements.  This session focuses on the importance of strengthening the role of law enforcement and better understanding of the various skillsets and roles that law enforcement brings to the team.

Speakers

Vanessa Price, Director, National Drug Court Institute

Expungement & Sealing of Criminal Records in Illinois

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Overview

Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records in Illinois is a presentation meant for people employed in the criminal justice system. The goal of the presentation is to educate the attendees about recent changes in the law that have expanded the availability of expungement and sealing for ex-offenders, what  crimes qualify for this relief and what crimes do not, the sealing and expungement process and services available for community members through Prairie State Legal Services and similar legal aid non-profit law firms.

Speakers

Adrian Barr, JD, Prairie State Legal Services

Specialized Issues Surrounding Justice-Involved Veterans

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1.25 MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

Overview

The VA has identified several civil legal issues with which veterans are often left dealing without adequate resources or tools. This can be even more difficult if the veteran is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This session will explore these civil legal areas of unmet need, how these co-existing conditions can complicate self-representation as well as court proceedings while represented by an attorney, and the tools, resources and strategies available to help veterans and attorneys face these cases and challenges effectively.

Speakers

Anne Dunbar, JD, Prairie State Legal Services
Jessica Pinder, LCSW, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the Captain James A. Lovell
Federal Health Care Center