Reaching In and Reaching Out: The JJET Approach

The Juvenile Justice Engagement Team is dedicated to working collaboratively with Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department and other stakeholders in order to improve results for justice involved youth.  In this presentation you will learn how to build strong relationships with justice partners, effectively coordinate care for justice involved youth, and apply to your work initiatives that promote better outcomes for both delinquent and dependent youth.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to build strong relationships with justice partners
  2. How to effectively coordinate care for justice involved youth
  3. Apply to your work initiatives that promote better outcomes for both delinquent and dependent youth

Presenter(s):  Kim Hemmersbach

Location:  Clarkdale

Presentation:  Reaching In and Reaching Out: The JJET Approach

Working Wounded: Avoiding and Coping with Professional Impairment and Burnout

This presentation will explore the frequently overlooked issue of impairment and burnout in helping professionals.  All of us seek to balance the stresses and strains of our private lives with the need to perform effectively at work.  Even in tough times most of us are able to “pull it together” long enough to get through our day. However, there are times when issues such as excessive duties, divorce, disease, drinking, drugging, depression or other dysfunction rob us of our ability to do our jobs and/or find joy in doing so.  Whether the problem results from an acute incident or from a chronic problem that has reached the breaking point, the consequences can be life and livelihood threatening. This presentation is essential for those who fear they may be impaired; want to know the warning signs of impairment; want to know how to avoid becoming impaired; or want to know how best to support co-workers or loved ones who are struggling.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the impact impaired driving has on communities, including the causes for a majority of crashes and fatalities.
  2. Identify the 10 Guiding Principles of DUI Courts and the best practices utilized in DUI courts.
  3. Learn the effectiveness of DUI courts in reducing the impact of impaired driving in the community.

Presenter(s):  Terrance Walton, Chief Operations Officer, NADCP

Location:  Cottonwood/Sedona

Family Well-Being: Reunifying Families Through Wellness Court

The Wellness Court model is being used to realize the mandates and spirit of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Importantly, it is effectively engaging parents in treatment, providing services to children and families, and ensuring a comprehensive, accountable, and meaningful case plan that is leading to faster family reunification that is lasting longer. This workshop will explore how tribes are realizing the Family Wellness Court model, best practices and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Learn about the Wellness Court model in the family/dependency context, including how it integrates with federal law.
  2. Identify best practices, including through a family-centered approach.
  3. Review current innovative practices from examples from operational Wellness Courts.

Presenter(s):  Lauren van Schlifgaarde

Location:  Verde A/B

Healthier Families = Healthier Communities = Safe Communities: How Can Title IV-E Meet These Goals

This workshop is a panel discussion that addresses the county’s unique experiences of the Title IV-E juvenile justice program operations. Each county’s probation’s practices have different procedures that align with the federal requirements. The common goal is family reunification through the consistency of the case plan reviews that leads to strengthening family engagement. Come to the presentation to learn about the funding resources for participating counties. These resources can enhance services and programs for juveniles and their families such as community-based pilot programs, family programs and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a working knowledge of the Title IV-E juvenile justice program.
  2. Explore the successes and challenges to working with families through the case planning process for juveniles in out of home care.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of key responsibilities of the Title IV-E juvenile justice program

Presenter(s): Cheryl Dorsett, Gary Alvarez, Sara Colbert, Sarah Graves

Location:  Prescott

Presentation: Healthier Families…

Community Courts

A description of Community Court, a court response to treating defendants with contributing social issues, such as homelessness, mental health issues, substance abuse, typically low level chronic offenders, through defendant participation in appropriate programs. This dedicated court assembles the relevant combination of services needed by the defendant and the defendant’s progress results in a dismissal of the case. Eligibility is not offense specific but any recognition by law enforcement, prosecutors, defense or judges that a defendant has social issues contributing to the offense may refer the case to Community Court. Local agencies and providers provide the support for Community Court. Community Court is a community response to a community problem.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe the philosophy ad intent of Community Court.
  2. To describe the legal framework for Community Court.
  3. To explain the benefits of Community Court, especially justice system improvements.

Presenter(s):  Hon. J. Matias & Paul Thomas

Location:  Granite Mountain

Presentation:  Community Courts

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)- Public Information and Community Resource Session

Location: Clarkdale

Presentation: Narcotics Anonymous

Best Practice Standards for Specialty Court Programs

A review of the evidence-based best practice standards set forth by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and other recommended standards for specialty court programs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be aware of the national best practice standards for drug courts.
  2. Discuss how some of these standards may be applied to other specialty courts.
  3. Have tools to audit your specialty court program against these standards.

Presenter(s):  Kate Lawson

Location:  Cottonwood

Mental Illness, Criminal Behavior, Mass Incarceration & the Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

A review of the current literature on criminal behavior, mental illness, and exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), the prevalence rates of drug abuse and mental illness, and current literature on mass incarceration will be presented. Findings from a recent study will be presented, which indicated significant dose-response relationships between ACEs criminal offending, ASPD, and mental illness. Individuals exposed to greater than six ACEs were more than 27 times as likely to develop severe, violent, or chronic offending; and serious or pervasive mental illness as an adult. Those exposed to five or more ACEs were 7.5 times as likely to develop ASPD. Additional ACEs (environmental violence, foster care, and bullying) were also examined. Exposure to environmental violence was one of the strongest predictors of ASPD.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. The relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences and criminal behavior
  2. Additional ACEs that warrant identification
  3. Arizona’s rates of mental illness, access to mental health care, and problematic incarceration rates

Presenter(s):  Gavin Baker

Location:  Verde A/B

Presentation:  Mental Illness…

Parents Inspiring Hope

This presentation will provide information about the Maricopa county Parents For Parents Program.  Parent Allies – birth parents who have successfully navigated the dependency system will share their personal stories and discuss how their experiences have given them tools to support parents who are currently involved in dependencies.  Parent Allies provide in person, support at the first dependency court conference and hearing and additional support when needed. Parent Allies also encourage parents struggling with substance use disorders to observe and engage in Family Treatment Court and invite parents to attend a HOPE class (Helping Other Parents Engage).  The program has been identified as a promising practice in Washington State.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the components of the Parents for Parents Program
  2. Participants will be able to identify who the Parents For Parents Program Helps and ,
  3. Participants will learn what Parents involved in a DCS dependency case recommend for system change.

Presenter(s):  Therese Hollaway, Lindsey Shine & Jennifer Fillers

Location: Prescott

The Evolution of the Pima County Family Drug Court Program: The Value of Co-Located Team Members

The Pima County Family Drug Court was the first of its kind in Arizona, the Juvenile Court’s response to the impact of the spike in methamphetamine use in the 1990s. Times change, and in some ways it’s not the same program it was when its first client joined in June 2001. Some enhancements stem from the evolution of our collective knowledge; others have been pragmatic responses to the ever-changing winds in our field. This presentation will highlight some of the key crossroads in this journey, how we have adapted, and how the program has remained constant in its promotion of drug-free parents and healthy families.  Two recent program improvements, a co-located Department of Child Safety Unit and in-house Recovery Support Specialists will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Explore the progression and development of the Pima County Family Drug Court from inception and discuss data informed enhancements and grant study outcomes.  
  2. Discuss how Recovery Support Specialists and co-located team members (DCS) can enhance client outcomes in Drug Court Programs.   
  3. Identify challenges and obstacles related to co-located teams and solutions for overcoming them.

Presenter(s): Linda Perry, Stacey Stufflebean & Kay Raines

Location:  Granite Mountain

Presentation:  Evolution of the Pima County Family Drug Court Program


Pre-registered attendees only

Wednesday April 17, 2019 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and

Thursday April 18, 2019 8:00a.m. to 4:15p.m.

Presented by: Justice for Vets

Location: Chino

Veteran Mentor Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony

All conference attendees

Thursday April 18, 2019 4:15p.m. to 5:00p.m.

Location:  Ballroom


Back by popular demand, the conference will provide a variety of wellness activities/opportunities for meditation, yoga, etc.  There will be scheduled events throughout the conference. See posting outside of the Arizona Room for full schedule of class/times.

Location: Arizona  

Sponsored by:  Community Support Services