Here at NADCP, we’re humbled and grateful for you, the treatment court field. This May has been a beautiful tribute to the lives you’ve helped save, families you’ve kept together or reunited, and paths you’ve carved out of the legal system and into long-term recovery for thousands of Americans. Thank you. NADCP is also grateful to our federal partners, who took to social media to support your work all month long. And we saw many state proclamations and graduation speeches by your state’s leaders – from governors to members of Congress, they showed up to support treatment courts and the graduates. Plus, we’ve been blown away the artistic talents of your participants and alumni as they’ve entered our Art of Recovery contest. The winners will be announced soon; be sure to stop by and take in the gallery at RISE22!
Here are just a few of the incredible stories and images you’ve sent us and that have headlined the news over the last 10 days.
AZ treatment court hits two huge milestones
Arizona’s Yuma County Adult Drug Court achieved two major milestones on May 17, holding their 90th graduation ceremony and honoring their 1000th graduate! You can watch the livestream on the program’s Facebook page. Congratulations!
DWI Academy Court stands out
Texas’ El Paso DWI Intervention and Treatment Program, one of just four Academy Courts in the country, celebrated National Drug Court Month by honoring the more than 800 individuals whose lives have completely changed through the program. Said Judge Robert Anchondo, “When these people get better and graduate, you see a bolt of freshness, lightness; they go back to school and work on education, and more options are available to them.”
Supporting veterans in Albuquerque
On May 18, participants, team members, and mentors from the community veterans treatment court in Albuquerque, New Mexico walked together in the annual VA2K Walk & Roll to support homeless veterans and promote health and well-being in the community!
Annual Sacramento river cleanup event a success
Every year in honor of National Drug Court Month, California’s Sacramento County Recovery Court participates in a river cleanup and barbeque. During the event, the court team presented three participants with Client of the Month and Most Improved Awards.
5K race celebrates multiple treatment courts
Washington’s Lewis County Drug Court Foundation and Alumni Association hosted a 5K race: Run for Five, Recovery is Alive! “It was amazing to see current participants from drug court, family recovery court, and mental health court walking and running alongside community members that showed up in support of them,” said drug court manager Stephanie Miller. “As I write this, I am beaming with pride for our county’s programs.”
First graduation in rural Louisiana
As it did for many new programs, the pandemic delayed the launch of the Sixth Judicial District Drug Court, which serves three rural parishes in Louisiana. After opening in March 2021, the program was finally able to celebrate its first graduate! Thank you all for persevering to help folks like Zachary find recovery.