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National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Justice For Vets to Convene World's Largest Conference on Addiction, Mental Health and Justice Reform in Anaheim, CA, June 1-4

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 5,000 justice and treatment professionals from across the globe will converge in Anaheim, CA NADCP 21st Annual Training Conference, and 4th Annual Vet Court Con at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 1-4, 2016. Conference attendees include state and federal justice leaders, celebrities, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clinicians, police and probation officers, military veterans, business owners, treatment court graduates and their family members. On Saturday, actors Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, and Mary McCormack will be honored for the advocacy work on behalf of veterans and justice reform.

All events are open to the media. To RSVP contact Chris Deutsch, 202-222-8105.

June 1 – Opening Ceremony, 3:00pm -5:00pm
Drug courts and other treatment courts are the cornerstone of the justice reform movement, and on the front lines of the opiate addiction epidemic. The Opening Ceremony will examine how these programs can expand their role in the justice reform movement to reach more individuals who come into the contact with the justice system due to substance use disorder or a mental health condition. It will also highlight the role of veterans treatment courts in providing a sentencing alternative to justice-involved veterans.

  • Mary Lou Leary, Deputy Director of Policy, Research, and Budget, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Denise O'Donnell, Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance Director
  • Robert Listenbee, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention William Compton, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bill Rausch, Executive Director, Got Your 6
  • Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime
  • Jessica Jackson Sloan, Executive Director #Cut50
  • Marvin Seppalla, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hazelden, Betty Ford Foundation




June 2 – Medication Assisted Treatment: Making it Work in Treatment Courts
With the widening incidence of harmful heroin and other opiate use, it is more important than ever that treatment courts acknowledge and overcome all obstacles to the use of MAT in conjunction with psychosocial interventions for all participants assessed to need MAT. This session brings together national experts to outline strategies for doing so.

  • Laurence Westreich, MD, President, American Academy of Addiction, Psychiatry
  • Marvin Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Richard Soper, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Behavioral Wellness




June 4 – Closing Ceremony, 11:00am – 1:00pm

  • Martin Sheeen, Actor
  • Allison Janney, Actor
  • Richard Schiff, Actor
  • Dule Hill, Actor
  • Mary McCormack, Actor
  • Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States
  • Kana Enomoto, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration



About Drug Courts
There are now over 3,000 drug courts and other treatment courts in the Untied States.
Drug Courts have saved 1.5 million lives.
Drug Courts refer more people to treatment than any other system in America. annually serving over 150,000 seriously addicted people.
Drug Courts benefit the economy by as much as $27 for every $1 invested.
Drug Courts save up to $13,000 for every individual they serve.
75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest free.

About National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
Drug Courts combine rigorous drug treatment and accountability to compel and support chronic drug users who commit crime stemming from addiction to change their lives. After 26 years of innovation, there are now nearly 3,000 Drug Courts located in all 50 states. Since 1994 the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) representing over 27,000 multi-disciplinary justice professionals and community leaders, has worked tirelessly at the national, state and local level to create and enhance Drug Courts. NADCP is now recognized as the experts in the field of addiction and the criminal justice system. For more information, visit www.AllRise.org.

CONTACT:Chris Deutsch cdeutsch@allrise.org 202-222-8105

Source:Association of Drug Court Professionals