Over 5,000 Attend Historic NADCP Conference

While most trek to Anaheim, California to don Mickey Mouse ears and take their children on roller coasters, more than 5,000 treatment court professionals from across the United States and its territories descended on the Anaheim Convention Center during the first week of June for the World’s largest conference on addiction, mental health, recovery and criminal justice reform.


We opened the conference with exciting news: there are now more than 3,000 adult, juvenile, family, tribal, DWI, and veterans treatment courts in the United States! As CEO Carson Fox explained, this incredible milestone is due to the unwavering dedication of the treatment court community, and a testament to our vital role in the justice reform movement.

NADCP CEO Carson Fox announces there are now over 3,000 treatment courts in the United States

NADCP CEO Carson Fox

Later in the opening ceremony, Melissa Fitzgerald and Scott Swaim opened our fourth annual Vet Court Con and screened our Justice For Vets PSA featuring the cast of “The West Wing” that has now been seen around the world. We also heard from some of our key partner organizations including Got Your 6, #Cut50, Right on Crime, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and federal partners including The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But of course, the highlight of the opening ceremony was the moving testimony of treatment court graduate during the Parade of Transformation.


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#NADCP16 Opening Ceremony

Getting down to business, hundreds of sessions featured expert researchers and practitioners sharing their knowledge, experience, research, and best practices on a wide range of topics. Our well-attended general sessions included “Medication-Assisted Treatment: Making It Real, Making It Work,” “The New Recovery Movement and What It Means,” “The ASAM Criteria:  Achieving Lasting Change,” and “Treatment Courts and Justice System Reform: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Stay tuned for video of each riveting session. The Justice For Vets Veteran Mentor Boot Camp trained more than 50 veteran mentors and swore more than 30 into our National Veteran Mentor Corps onstage during the closing ceremony.


The swearing in of the Justice For Vets National Mentor Corps

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#NADCP16 Attendees

Our closing ceremony featured some very special guests: “The West Wing” cast members Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Dulé Hill, and Mary McCormack were on hand to receive awards for their support of veterans treatment courts and to help induct Martin Sheen the Stanley Goldstein Hall of Fame for his more than 20 years of dedicated, passionate treatment court advocacy. The celebration continued with a series of award recognizing excellence in the field. Congratulations to the following winners: The Dallas County, Alabama Drug Court (NADCP Cultural Leadership Award), Judge Matthew Anderson (NCDC DWI Court Leadership Award), RanDee McLean (Justice For Vets Hank Pirowksi Award), Judge John Schwartz (Justice For Vets Hall of Fame), and Judge Jo Ann Ferdinand (Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame).


The cast of The West Wing hold up their challenge coins presented before the Closing Ceremony of #NADCP16

The cast of The West Wing hold up their challenge coins presented before the Closing Ceremony of #NADCP16

Finally, we were honored to host Kana Enomoto, the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the US Surgeon General. Both delivered passionate remarks that underscored the critical role of treatment courts in the justice reform movement.


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#NADCP16 Closing Ceremony

This year’s conference was a tremendous success and we could not have done it without the support of our partners, NADCP Board of Directors, NADCP members, staff, and the many others who helped organize and execute this event, which grows larger every year. We cannot wait to see you at next year’s conference in Washington, DC!