New Hampshire Adult Drug Treatment Court

Semester: 2018 Spring

Students: Lisa Gluckstein, Hal Edmonson & Kyle Xu

The New Hampshire Adult Drug Treatment Court has been in existence for over a decade and is expanding statewide throughout 2018. Each drug court requires a team of both court and non-court professionals to manage client referrals, client monitoring, and drug court policies and procedures. The conflicts that arise between members of drug court teams can impact the quality and effectiveness of services provided to drug court clients. Because these teams vary in composition, stage of development, and number of members from court-to-court, there has not been a systematic way of managing conflicts thus far.

The New Hampshire Adult Drug Treatment Court has engaged HNMCP to identify common conflicts among drug court teams and give the Drug Court Coordinator and the ADR Coordinator advice on how to better manage such conflicts going forward as it considers all that is involved in managing each drug court team.

Activities & Deliverables

  • Observing at least four drug court team meetings in various counties (there are ten counties in New Hampshire);
  • Talking with members of drug court teams—including judges, court staff, case coordinators, probation officers, addiction treatment providers, housing specialists, public defenders, county attorneys, etc.;
  • Identifying current common conflicts teams face at various stages of their development;
  • Providing recommendations to the statewide Drug Court Coordinator, ADR Coordinator, and other stakeholders you may deem relevant for how we might better manage conflict between team members moving forward. This advice could take the form of a coaching session, a toolbox, a presentation to drug court team leaders, or another medium appropriate to the message;
  • A training or a train-the-trainer, if appropriate.
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