Agenda - October 16, 2020

Exhibits 7am - 8am CT

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General Session: Marijuana: Public Health and Psychiatric Implications 8am - 9:45am CT

Marijuana: Public Health and Psychiatric Implications

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Overview

With the 2020 passage of legislation by the State of Illinois the drug of marijuana will now be available to adults for its recreational use. This will make Illinois one of a small number of states to legalize its use as a recreational drug.  There are those proponents who have aggressively advocated for legalization and those who are concerned about the consequences.  On the political spectrum, the issue of legalization for recreational use is divisive.  Looking at those concerns expressed, this presentation will review and synopsize the public health and public safety impact of marijuana in those ten states that have legalized the drug.   There is also a growing body of psychiatric and psychological research literature that discusses the bio-psycho-social consequences to the use of high grade grown marijuana which will be included in the presentation.

Speakers

Joseph Troiani, MD, CADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Will County Health Department, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University

Break and Exhibits 9:45am - 10:15am CT

Break and Exhibits

Overview

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Problem-Solving Court Graduate Panel 10:15am - 11:30am CT

Problem-Solving Court Graduate Panel

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Overview

This session will present a panel of problem-solving court graduates from around the state. Hear what led each participant into a problem-solving court, and how they were successful. The panelists will discuss what works, and what doesn’t in a problem-solving court.

Speakers

Alexander Dalzell, Lake County Veterans Court
Zeke de Anda, Winnebago County Therapeutic Intervention Program
Melissa Garrison, Tazewell County Drug Court
Joseph Simms, Ogle County Drug Court
Moderator – Hon. Jeffrey Ford, Ret. 

Lunch Break and Exhibits 11:30am - 1pm CT

Lunch Break and Exhibits - Enjoy your lunch!

Breakout Sessions 1pm - 2:15pm CT

Ethics and Confidentiality

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1.25 LSW/LCSW Ethics Credits Approved
1.25 MCLE Professional Responsibility Ethics Credits Approved
This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Overview

Because we work in these specialized courts does not mean our professional ethics change.  Indeed, we often have additional ethical mandates placed upon us because of our participation in these Courts.  The laws of confidentiality and the rules of ethics apply to EVERYONE on these teams.  These mandates can lead to team friction if there is no cross training and understanding of how these laws and ethical mandates interact.   It is crucial to understand the expansion and the limits on how information is shared, and for the entire team to maintain appropriate boundaries within their profession and team.

Speakers

Helen Harberts, JD, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

Constitutional and Legal Issues in Problem-Solving Courts

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Overview

Problem-solving courts have become a central feature of many state justice systems, as they offer an effective, evidence-based approach for addressing the underlying challenges—like substance use disorders and mental health issues—that often drive people into the justice system. Decades of research show that these courts save lives, reduce reoffending, strengthen families, and improve public trust in justice. One of the major critiques of problem-solving courts, however, is that they raise constitutional and legal concerns related to due process, right to counsel, access to appropriate treatment, confidentiality of information, and other issues. It is critically important that problem-solving court judges and teams understand these constitutional and legal issues and ensure that their courts are conforming to the law and protecting the rights of participants. In this session, a legal expert from the Center for Court Innovation will provide a comprehensive review of the major constitutional and legal issues in problem-solving courts and facilitate a discussion around specific issues of concern to session attendees.

Speakers

Aaron Arnold, Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation

Behavioral Health Consequences of Serving in the Global War on Terrorism

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Overview

Those who attend this presentation will gain a further understanding of the experience of serving in the military and the psychological impact of the Global War on Terrorism.  As a group, Veterans' rates of suicide, homelessness, unemployment, engagement in the criminal justice system, physical health, mental health, and substance abuse problems are significantly higher than the non-veteran population.  We have to look no further than the largest veteran population who are veterans from the Vietnam War, who were marginalized often the minute they stepped off the plane following their tours of duty.  Veterans of that war, as well as the veterans of this the eighteen year of what is now being referred to as the “long war” continue to experience mental health and substance use problems.

Speakers

Joseph Troiani, MD, CADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Will County Health Department
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University

Housing Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

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Overview

The overall goal of the presentation is to give participants the knowledge and tools to spot when a person with a disability could use a reasonable accommodation request to meet lease expectations in their current housing or to explain why prospective landlords should accept them as a new tenant. This presentation will define housing discrimination, address proper disability terminology, highlight legal protections for people with disabilities and delve into reasonable accommodations that enable people with disabilities to equally access and fully enjoy their housing to same extent as those without disabilities. Video clips and informational slides will be used to educate participants and hypothetical situations will be used to help participants apply the information in specific contexts and scenarios.

Speakers

A.J. Young, JD, Prairie State Legal Services
Mary Rosenberg, Staff Attorney, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

High on Our Highways – The Challenge of Drug-Impaired Driving and Community Supervision

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This session proudly sponsored by Alkermes*

Overview

In 2016, 43% of fatally injured drivers in impaired driving crashes with a known test result, tested positive for drugs, more frequently than alcohol was present. The growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana and the increased abuse of prescription drugs have created an increased threat to our roadways.   Given that over two thirds of our criminal justice population are drug and/or alcohol involved, probation officers and treatment providers need to understand the challenge we face with drug impaired drivers.  This interactive presentation will provide the audience up to date information on the scope of our drug impaired driving problem, the use of assessment tools to determine risk and practical evidence-based sentencing, supervision and monitoring strategies to address these behaviors.

Speakers

Mark Stodola, Probation Fellow, American Probation and Parole Association