A New Take on How to Operate Drug Courts

Plus: Counseling for addiction care providers; TAAP conference slated for September; and a webinar for frontline workers

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Media

Rethinking How the Justice System Works

Alejandra Garcia and Dave Lucas of the Center for Court Innovation recently released “Bridging the Gap: A Practitioner’s Guide to Harm Reduction in Drug Courts,” using the concept of harm reduction to reimagine practices in drug courts. The authors address how the current judicial system often worsens patient outcomes. With their work, Garcia and Lucas hope to start a dialogue on how drug courts can operate through the lens of harm reduction to provide better outcomes.

New & Next: Industry

Counseling for Practitioners

Behavioral health service provider CarePlus NJ has launched health and counseling services for addiction treatment providers and peer recovery specialists in New Jersey. The services are available both virtually and at the company’s headquarters in Paramus, N.J. The company’s Opiate Provider Treatment for Individualized Care and Support (OPTICS) program is designed to help professionals working with opioid disorder patients deal with issues such as job-related stress, compassion fatigue and staff discrimination.

New & Next: Community

Conference on Addiction Studies

The Texas Association for Addiction Professionals (TAAP) will hold its 47th Annual State TAAP Conference on Addiction Studies from Sept. 8 to 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Spa & Resort in San Antonio. A number of keynote speakers will offer presentations, and the topics include CBD, treatment culture, the neuroscience of brain disorders, and co-occurring disorders, complemented by various workshops. View the full schedule here, and register here.

New & Next: Job Opportunities

Bay Cove Human Services

Bay Cove Human Services is seeking an integrated team director to supervise a variety of administrative and counseling services and staff in Boston. Interested candidates can apply here.

New & Next: Webinars

Mental Healthcare for Frontline Workers

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s “Mental Health First Aid for Frontline Workers” webinar is scheduled for Sept. 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Mental health clinician Damir Utrzan, Ph.D., will discuss environmental and traumatic stress and its risk factors, as well as evidence-based protection and treatment as it relates to mental health treatment for frontline caregivers. Registration is free.