ILAPSC 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda and Handouts

ILAPSC 2020 Conference Program


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Welcome and Overview

Hon. Janet Holmgren, 17th Judicial Circuit, President ILAPSC Board of Directors

1:15 – 3:00 pm

General Session

Equity and Inclusion. Why Race Matters
– 1.75 Hours LSW/LCSW Cultural Diversity Credits Approved
– 1.75 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

Handouts – Equity and Inclusion

Carolyn Hardin, Chief of Training and Research, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Racial disparities in drug and other treatment courts continues to be a challenge as it relates to access, engagement, retention, service delivery and other areas.  Courts struggle to address the issue of disparities, and many don’t recognize they exist. The Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards state that citizens who have “historically experienced sustained discrimination or reduced social opportunities because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, physical or mental disability, religion, or socioeconomic status receive the same opportunities as others.” This session will explore how a Drug Court can ensure equivalent access, retention, treatment, incentives and sanctions, dispositions, and provide team training on the necessary issues. This session will incorporate an interactive component in efforts to demonstrate how teams can identify and enhance access to specific populations.  There will be a module introducing the newly developed Equity and Inclusion Toolkit and how teams can create and execute a plan for utilization of the toolkit. The workshop will give teams the tools to identify specific shortcomings of their programs and how they can use the toolkit enhancements to ensure that there is equivalent access to all disadvantaged populations.

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Break and Exhibits

3:30 – 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

#1 – Illinois Standards and Re-Certification

This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Handouts – Illinois Standards and Re-Certification
Illinois Standards Guideposts to Revised Standards
Illinois Standards Revisions Summary

Hon. Kathryn E. Zenoff, Justice, Second Appellate District of Illinois
Daniel S. Hunt, Assistant Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts – Probation Services Division
Michelle R. O’Brien, JD, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts

The Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) oversees multiple facets of problem-solving courts such as certification, recertification, and data collection. AOIC has several projects currently underway including the development of a new data collection system and is currently collaborating with the Center for Court Innovation and the National Center for State Courts in the development of identified data elements to be collected by all Illinois problem-solving courts. Data collection will provide an essential tool to see a complete picture of problem-solving courts in the state, as well as identify trends and promising practices. The development of problem-solving court training is also an ongoing collaboration with the National Center for State Courts and part of a Bureau of Justice grant awarded to AOIC.

#2 – The Practical Application of the Science of Behavioral Change in the Courtroom
– 1.25 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

This session proudly sponsored by SCRAM*

Handouts – The Practical Application of the Science of Behavior Change in the Courtroom

Hon. Peggy Davis, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

Research into the treatment court model has given professionals an understanding of how particular responses to behavior can encourage or discourage desired behaviors through the use of incentives and sanctions.  This approach results in short term behavior change.  However, treatment court professionals should strive to ensure that responses to behaviors follow the current research and science in order to provide the participant the motivation and skills to attain long term recovery. This session will examine how to tailor court responses in a manner that considers the individual needs of the participant.  Effective responses include incentives, sanctions and therapeutic adjustments, including case management assistance when needed. Treatment court professionals will be encouraged to consider whether a response will build motivation and continued engagement in the change process or the reverse, resulting the participant disengaging and ultimately returning to criminality and substance use.

#3 – Strengthening Law Enforcement’s Role in Your Drug Court

This session proudly sponsored by Rosecrance*

Handouts – Strengthening Law Enforcement’s Role in Your Drug Court

Vanessa Price, Director, National Drug Court Institute

Law enforcements partnership with local drug courts becomes critical to the program’s success and public safety enhancements.  This session focuses on the importance of strengthening the role of law enforcement and better understanding of the various skillsets and roles that law enforcement brings to the team.

#4 – Expungement & Sealing of Criminal Records in Illinois

Handouts – Expungement & Sealing Powerpoint Presentation
Expungement & Sealing Case Chart
Expungement & Sealing Criminal History
Expungement & Sealing Flowchart  
Expungement & Sealing Sample Chart
Expungement & Sealing Sample Request

Adrian Barr, JD, Prairie State Legal Services

Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records in Illinois is a presentation meant for people employed in the criminal justice system. The goal of the presentation is to educate the attendees about recent changes in the law that have expanded the availability of expungement and sealing for ex-offenders, what  crimes qualify for this relief and what crimes do not, the sealing and expungement process and services available for community members through Prairie State Legal Services and similar legal aid non-profit law firms.

#5 – Specialized Issues Surrounding Justice-Involved Veterans
– 1.25 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

Handouts – Specialized Issues Surrounding Justice-Involved Veterans 1
Specialized Issues Surrounding Justice-Involved Veterans 2

Anne Dunbar, JD, Prairie State Legal Services
Jessica Pinder, MSW, LCSW, Veteran Justice Outreach Social Worker
Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center

The VA has identified several civil legal issues with which veterans are often left dealing without adequate resources or tools. This can be even more difficult if the veteran is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This session will explore these civil legal areas of unmet need, how these co-existing conditions can complicate self-representation as well as court proceedings while represented by an attorney, and the tools, resources and strategies available to help veterans and attorneys face these cases and challenges effectively.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 9:45 am

General Session

The Art of Mentoring

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Handouts – Art of Mentoring

Tom Pace, Founder and CEO, World Book Bank

In his presentation, Tom Pace focuses on several practices that create success, including goal setting, developing routine, law of compounding and helping others. Through interaction with the audience and the use of visual aids, Tom demonstrates the power of goals and routines to achieve personal growth in all areas of life. Mr. Pace has over 30 years of experience mentoring people from all walks of life. This information is applicable to anyone from judges to counselors.

9:45 – 10:15 am

Break and Exhibits

10:15 – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

#1 – Evaluation Boot Camp: Preparing Your Treatment Court for Outside Evaluation

This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Handouts – Evaluation Bootcamp

Shannon Carey, PhD, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

Is your court ready to undergo formal evaluation? What will you gain from evaluation? In this session we will describe recommended procedures used to conduct process, outcome, and cost evaluations on treatment courts. Key data and information needed to conduct the different types of evaluation will be outlined. Potential resources to fund evaluation will be presented. Treatment courts considering an evaluation will leave the presentation able to assess the feasibility of having an evaluation conducted on their court and ways to prepare for a future evaluation.

#2 – Understanding Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

This session proudly sponsored by Alkermes*

Handouts – Understanding Crisis Intervention Team Training 

Troy Siewert, Orland Park Police Department

The broken mental health care system in this country has increasingly led to individuals living with mental illness not getting the care they need and, as a result, becoming unnecessarily involved with the criminal justice system.  In response, there has been a call for more law enforcement officers to receive Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.  Many agencies are left wondering what, exactly, this training is, who can attend and how training classes are coordinated.  No worries. This presentation will explain all of that as well as how to begin a Crisis Intervention Team in your own community. Participants also will receive information on resources that can assist them in both the training and implementation of a Crisis Intervention Team.  At the end of the presentation you will know more about CIT, want more for your community and be able to do more to help make it a reality.

#3 – Breaking Intergenerational Patterns of Addiction, Trauma, Criminality and Dark Secrets

Handouts – Breaking Intergenerational Patterns

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, On the Mark Counseling

In this presentation you will learn prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to help break intergenerational patterns of addictions, trauma, criminality and dark secrets in families. We will discuss the role of prevention specialists, treatment providers, the criminal justice system, persons in recovery, families and entire communities in breaking these patterns. Other topics include: the unique risk and protective factors for children of parents with addictions and substance use disorders; fetal alcohol syndrome as a risk factor and intervention strategies; the impact of siblings on the intergenerational transmission of addiction; breaking intergenerational patterns of addictions in addressing generational dark secrets and traumatic stress disorders in families.

#4 – The What, The How and the Why: Over 30 Years of Organic Success with Moral Reconation Therapy

Handouts – The What, The How, and The Why_Over 30 Years of Organic Success with MRT

Kenneth D. Robinson, D. Ed, President, Correctional Counseling

This workshop is designed to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions when choosing evidence-based treatment options for adult and juvenile clients in specialty courts and corrections. An emphasis is placed on substance abuse and criminal justice statistics, as well as the results of over 30 years of implementing MRT – Moral Reconation Therapy​®​ in a multitude of court and corrections settings.

#5 – Understanding the Barriers and Challenges Impacting Access to and Provision of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Services in Rural Communities

This session proudly sponsored by Rosecrance*

Handouts – Understanding the Barriers and Challenges

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, Millikin University

This presentation will be best for attendees working in rural communities. The presentation will focus on the 4 A’s of mental health: accessibility, affordability, availability and acceptability with an introduction addressing stigma and facts regarding mental health in America today. Discussion will highlight the connection between the 4 A’s and problem-solving courts and how providers can best support individual success for those enrolled in problem-solving courts.

#6 – The Mechanics of Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing for Problem-Solving Courts

This session proudly sponsored by SCRAM*

Handouts – The Mechanics of Behavior Change Presentation
The Mechanics of Behavior Change Additional Resources
The Mechanics of Behavior Change Handout

Michael D. Clark, MSW, Director, Center for Strength-Based Strategies

Coercion and punishment will only take us so far. Compliance is an important first step but our Problem-Solving Courts has a focus on behavior change. Join this breakout session to review Motivational Interviewing (MI) which is an Evidence-based Practice (EBP) designed to help clients build commitment and reach a decision to change.  Motivation is a changeable state (not a fixed trait), and a state that can be influenced. Staff can raise (or lower) a participant’s level of motivation.  Join this breakout for a research-based look at the questions, “Why do people change?” and “How do people change?” Increase your understanding about the conditions that drive positive behavior change and consider what can be done to increase the conditions necessary for change to occur.  Stop the arguing and challenging; review how to improve client engagement and retention in treatment. Examine how to work with program participants who may not want to work with you.

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts Annual Business Meeting

12:15 – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break and Exhibits

1:00 – 2:45 pm

General Session

Turning the Tide: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
– 1.75 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Professionalism Credits Approved

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Handouts – Turning the Tide Presentation
Turning the Tide ProQOL Self-Score
Turning the Tide Resource List
Turning the Tide Secondary Traumatic Stress

Linda Chamberlain, Consultant, University of Alaska

Having a prevention plan for compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma is the cornerstone of trauma-informed practices. The effects of compassion fatigue often go unrecognized. Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are predictable and preventable occupational hazards when exposed to the suffering of others.  Unaddressed, these issues affect our work, relationships and health, leading to systemic dysfunction in an organization. Participants will learn to identify the warning signs of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma at both the personal and organizational level.  Best practices to promote well-being and prevent vicarious trauma at the personal and organizational level.  Simple, evidence-based tools to nurture vicarious resilience and well-being will be demonstrated with the audience.

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Break and Exhibits

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

#1 – Do Adult Drug Court Standards Apply to Other Problem-Solving Courts?

This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Handouts – Do Adult Drug Court Standards Apply to Other Problem-Solving Courts

Shannon Carey PhD, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

The adult drug court best practices standards are based on research performed in hundreds of adult drug courts. Do these standards and specific best practices apply to any of the other types of treatment courts? What are the differences between the participants in adult drug courts and the participants in other treatment courts (DWI courts, family treatment courts, juvenile drug courts, mental health courts, etc.)? This session will explore the research based best practices for adult drug courts and how to determine when they apply, might apply or don’t apply to other treatment court populations. This session will also include some of the latest research in other (non-adult) treatment court types and whether it supports the adult drug court best practices.

#2 – Rural Drug Courts: The Challenge of Meeting National Standards

This session proudly sponsored by SMARTSTART*

Handouts – Rural Treatment Courts – The Challenge of Meeting National Standards

Helen Harberts, JD, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

The Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards are based on research that demonstrates clear improvement in outcomes by a minimum of 50%. It is in everyone’s best interests to meet those standards!  For smaller and rural areas meeting those aspirational goals can be a real challenge due to a variety of issues.  This session will discuss those standards and discuss ways that some other rural courts are meeting these challenges.  Innovation has been the definition of treatment courts since their inception.  In this difficult era, we can do it again.

#3 – Good News and Simple Tools for Resilience, Healing and Well-Being
– 1.25 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Mental Health and Substance Abuse Credits Approved

This session proudly sponsored by SMARTSTART*

Handouts – Good News and Simple Tools Presentation
Good News and Simple Tools Fingerhold Practice for Managing Emotions and Stress
Good News and Simple Tools Impact of Stress
Good News and Simple Tools Practices for Anxiety
Good News and Simple Tools Practices of Healing Transformation
Good News and Simple Tools Practices of Hope  
Good News and Simple Tools Quick Coherence Technique
Good News and Simple Tools Suggested Resource List

Linda Chamberlain, Consultant, University of Alaska

In this interactive presentation, participants will acquire skills to build resilience, promote self-regulation, and buffer the effects of stress and trauma.  These skills are essential tools for preventing burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.  Participants will learn about and practice evidence-based strategies that reset the nervous system and calm the brain including conscious breathing, HeartMath, movement, meditation, muscle relaxation, acupressure and Emotional Freedom Technique. These techniques are used in a wide range of settings including schools, clinics and hospitals, juvenile justice and corrections, chemical dependency programs, the military and parenting interventions.

#4 – Workforce Shortage in Psychiatry and Possible Solutions

Handouts – Workforce Shortage in Psychiatry and Possible Solutions

Joshua Nathan, MD, National Medical Director, Ahead

Mental illnesses, like all illnesses, cause pain and suffering to those afflicted, and their friends and families.  People need timely care, but psychiatric care is hard to find.  The psychiatry workforce shortage is a multifaceted problem but seems mainly related to stigma and dis-parity, and their impact on healthcare organizations’ financial decisions.  Medical schools graduate more medical students, but not more psychiatry residents.  In mental health, insurers’ lower reimbursements (compared to other medical care) lead to small networks with small numbers of available psychiatrist.  In Illinois, Medicaid and MCOs treat mental health differently compared to other health, so fewer psychiatrists and agencies can help those most in need.  State spending cuts led to cuts at community agencies.  Fortunately, existing options, programs and laws can help to expanding access.  Expanded collaboration with other professional colleague may reduce the need and improve access.  And expanded use of technology, including reduction of barriers to technological solutions can be very beneficial.   Recognition, appropriations, and vigilance can reduce disparity, and improve Illinois’ psychiatric workforce so people with mental illness can get the care they need and deserve.

#5 – Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

Handouts – Addressing the Opiod Epidemic in Rural America

Monica Rousseau, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration

It can be difficult to find the dollars to address the broad factors contributing to the epidemic of opioid misuse and substance use disorders.  Look no further!  The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, by investing in multi-sector coalitions in rural communities that implement and sustain prevention, treatment, and recovery services.  This presentation will introduce the RCORP initiative and future funding opportunities.  We know health care alone will not solve this epidemic.  It’s going to take all of us working together with partners some might call “non-traditional” to implement evidence-based and promising interventions.  We will also cover some lessons learned from current and past RCORP grantees whose interdisciplinary consortia included law enforcement and problem-solving courts.

Friday, October 16, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 9:45 am

General Session

Marijuana: Public Health and Psychiatric Implications

Handouts – Marijuana – Public Health and Psychiatric Implications

Joseph Troiani, MD, CADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Will County Health Department, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University

With the 2020 passage of legislation by the State of Illinois the drug of marijuana will now be available to adults for its recreational use. This will make Illinois one of a small number of states to legalize its use as a recreational drug.  There are those proponents who have aggressively advocated for legalization and those who are concerned about the consequences.  On the political spectrum, the issue of legalization for recreational use is divisive.  Looking at those concerns expressed, this presentation will review and synopsize the public health and public safety impact of marijuana in those ten states that have legalized the drug.  There is also a growing body of psychiatric and psychological research literature that discusses the bio-psycho-social consequences to the use of high grade grown marijuana which will be included in the presentation.

9:45 – 10:15 am

Break and Exhibits

10:15 – 11:30 am

General Session

Problem-Solving Court Graduate Panel

Alexander Dalzell, Lake County Veterans Court
Zeke de Anda, Winnebago County Therapeutic Intervention Program
Melissa Garrison, Tazewell County Drug Court
Joseph Simms, Ogle County Drug Court
Moderator – Hon. Mark Shaner, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

This session will present a panel of problem-solving court graduates from around the state. Hear what led each participant into a problem-solving court, and how they were successful. The panelists will discuss what works, and what doesn’t in a problem-solving court.

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Lunch Break and Exhibits

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:00 – 2:15 pm

#1 – Ethics and Confidentiality
– 1.25 Hours LSW/LCSW Ethics Credits Approved
– 1.25 Hours MCLE Professional Responsibility Ethics Credits Approved

This session proudly sponsored by TASC*

Handouts – Ethics and Confidentiality

Helen Harberts, JD, National Drug Court Institute Consultant

Because we work in these specialized courts does not mean our professional ethics change.  Indeed, we often have additional ethical mandates placed upon us because of our participation in these Courts.  The laws of Confidentiality and the rules of ethics apply to EVERYONE on these teams. These mandates can lead to team friction if there is no cross training and understanding of how these laws and ethical mandates interact.   It is crucial to understand the expansion and the limits on how information is shared, and for the entire team to maintain appropriate boundaries within their profession and team.

#2 – Constitutional and Legal Issues in Problem-Solving Courts

Handouts – Constitutional and Legal Issues in Problem Solving Courts

Aaron Arnold, Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation

Problem-solving courts have become a central feature of many state justice systems, as they offer an effective, evidence-based approach for addressing the underlying challenges—like substance use disorders and mental health issues—that often drive people into the justice system. Decades of research shows that these courts save lives, reduce reoffending, strengthen families, and improve public trust in justice.  One of the major critiques of problem-solving courts, however, is that they raise constitutional and legal concerns related to due process, right to counsel, access to appropriate treatment, confidentiality of information, and other issues. It is critically important that problem-solving court judges and teams understand these constitutional and legal issues and ensure that their courts are conforming to the law and protecting the rights of participants. In this session, a legal expert from the Center for Court Innovation will provide a comprehensive review of the major constitutional and legal issues in problem-solving courts and facilitate a discussion around specific issues of concern to session attendees.

#3 – Behavioral Health Consequences of Serving in the Global War on Terrorism

Handouts – Behavioral Health Consequence of Serving in the Global War On Terrorism

Joseph Troiani, MD, CADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Will County Health Department, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University

Those who attend this presentation will gain a further understanding of the experience of serving in the military and the psychological impact of the Global War on Terrorism.  As a group, Veterans rates of suicide, homelessness, unemployment, engagement in the criminal justice system, physical health, mental health, and substance abuse problems are significantly higher than the non-veteran population.  We have to look no further than the largest veteran population who are veterans from the Vietnam War, who were marginalized often the minute they stepped off the plane following their tours of duty.  Veterans of that war, as well as the veterans of this the eighteen year of what is now being referred to as the “long war” continue to experience mental health and substance use problems.

#4 – Housing Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

Handouts – Housing Discrimination Against People with Disabilities
Housing Discrimination Self-Advocacy Tool Kit
Housing Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Info Sheet

A.J. Young, JD, Prairie State Legal Services
Mary Rosenberg, Staff Attorney, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

The overall goal of the presentation is to give participants the knowledge and tools to spot when a person with a disability could use a reasonable accommodation request to meet lease expectations in their current housing or to explain why prospective landlords should accept them as a new tenant. This presentation will define housing discrimination, address proper disability terminology, highlight legal protections for people with disabilities and delve into reasonable accommodations that enable people with disabilities to equally access and fully enjoy their housing to same extent as those without disabilities. Video clips and informational slides will be used to educate participants and hypothetical situations will be used to help participants apply the information in specific contexts and scenarios.

#5 – High on Our Highways – The Challenge of Drug-Impaired Driving and Community Supervision

This session proudly sponsored by Alkermes*

Handouts – High on Our Highways Presentation

Mark Stodola, Probation Fellow, American Probation and Parole Association

In 2016, 43% of fatally injured drivers in impaired driving crashes with a known test result, tested positive for drugs, more frequently than alcohol was present. The growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana and the increased abuse of prescription drugs have created an increased threat to our roadways.   Given that over two thirds of our criminal justice population are drug and/or alcohol involved, probation officers and treatment providers need to understand the challenge we face with drug impaired drivers.  This interactive presentation will provide the audience up to date information on the scope of our drug impaired driving problem, the use of assessment tools to determine risk and practical evidence-based sentencing, supervision and monitoring strategies to address these behaviors.

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