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Cherise Donovan

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Victoria Legal > Penal And Parole
Social Welfare > Drugs, Alcohol And Substances
To investigate and research effective Drug Court initiatives - USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand
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Key Findings/Recommendations
The following recommendations are the higher level recommendations that are for consideration.

Collaboration

  • Establishment of an Australasian national association of professionals to foster communication, innovation and opportunities for collaboration for continuous improvement  
  • Design and implement an Australasian website/portal that allows for collaboration, sharing of resources and forum for questions/queries specifically tailored to the Australian context

Initiatives and Program Enhancements

  • Development and Implementation of Restorative Justice
  • Pilot the use of Peer Workers
  • Establishment of a Community Advisory Group/Committee
  • Review of Cultural responsiveness and Cultural Competency within the Program, including consideration for a Cultural Advisor
  • Consideration of a delayed sentencing option to allow for intensive transitional planning prior to sentencing on a Drug Treatment Order
  • Implementation of an automated random urinalysis testing tele-service and consideration for on the spot testing indications
  • Provide new staff a formal Induction / Orientation to the Drug Court
  • Ensuring the Drug Court is operating under a trauma informed model and service delivery is trauma competent

Standards and Review

  • Development of an Audit tool for Drug Courts across Australia that ensures accountability of evidence based practices and compliance with the NADCP’s ’10 Key Components’ and ‘Standards’
  • Invest in further data evaluation/analysis and functioning of database(s) to ensure capturing the correct information to affect change

Keywords: Addiction, drug(s), alcohol, substance use, courts, Drug Court, justice, crime, corrections, therapeutic, treatment

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