Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
Hon. Todd Cresap
Hon. Donovan Foughty
Hon. Steve McCullough
Hon. Karen Braaten
Hon. David Nelson
Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice
The Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee met at the Ramkota Hotel, on October 4, 2012. The meeting was called to order by Chair Justice Mary Muehlen Maring.
Judge Todd Cresap moved to approve the minutes of April 16, 2012. Karen Kringlie seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Marilyn Moe reported for the Grand Forks Team. Grand Forks currently has eight participants. Two participants were terminated and one participant graduated since the last reporting period. Bridget Hill has resigned as coordinator and a new coordinator has not been hired.
In April, team members and participants volunteered at the annual Artwise Program. Artwise seeks to provide children an opportunity to explore their unique abilities through visual arts and to foster self-esteem. Team Members and participants went bowling to celebrate National Drug Court Month. In honor of Memorial Day and as a meaningful community service project, the team and participants joined with the National Guard and helped place the American flags by the headstone of fallen veterans at different cemeteries. Detective Jeremy Moe from the Grand Forks Police Department, along with the department’s Drug Task Force, gave a presentation to the drug court participant’s parents and drug court team members on drug use; particulary, on the dangers, risks, signs, new drugs, and paraphernalia. The participants attended the Alive at 25 driver’s course, which is a highly interactive four-hour program for drivers ages 14-25 and is designed to prevent driving decisions that can have tragic consequences.
Valerie Potter reported for the Minot Team. Three terminations occurred since the last reporting period. Currently, three juveniles are in drug court.
The participants participated in the Mums for Moms Program. They were responsible for putting together flower orders and wrapping the flowers for delivery. The program is a fundraiser for The Village Family Services Center. The participants spent part of their summer helping with the city wide cleanup after the flood, cleaning up the Roosevelt Park Zoo and the Eastwood Park.
Minot’s own, and Hollywood actor, Josh Duhamel visited with juvenile drug court participants in October. The participants shared their stories and had the opportunity to have their individual pictures taken with Josh.
Ashley Beall has replaced Robert Slorby as the State’s Attorney representative for the Minot Juvenile Drug Court. Robert has retired from Ward County.
Justice Maring asked the group if there was a reason why Minot has such a low number of participants. Judge Cresap felt that referrals overall have been low because of the shortage of law enforcement in the Minot area.
Karen Kringlie reported for the Fargo Team. Currently there are five participants, two will start the program in October. There were two graduations and four terminations since the last reporting period.
Community service projects included the Career Fair, Thunder Road, Fargo Police Department Island Park Booth and “Night to Unite” at the West Fargo Police Department Picnic. Senator John Hoeven presented a graduate of the Fargo Juvenile Drug Court the North Dakota Association of Drug Court Professionals $500 scholarship. The presentation was held in a court room with a full house in attendance.
The participants continue to participate in the Equip Boys’ Group, Girl’s Group, and Life Management classes.
Marilyn Moe reported for the Devils Lake Team. Currently there are two participants in juvenile drug court. As of September 30, 2012, there were two graduations. The participants continue to use drug court journals from the Change Companies. Judge Foughty follows up with the participants on the materials covered on a weekly basis.
Melissa Buckmier has replaced Trudy Dick as the coordinator.
The participants and team members finished a pottery project at the Art Department of Lake Region State College. The participants volunteered for the Suicide Prevention Coalition’s annual prevention walk by assembling participant’s bags. The participants also helped paint fire hydrants in Devils Lake.
Sherrice Roness reported for the Bismarck Team. Currently there are six participants and one referral pending. Two participants graduated and two participants were terminated since the last reporting period.
Elsie Motter has replaced Amy Larsen from the West Central Human Service Center. Jeremy Ward has replaced Tom Lamphear as court officer and Morton County Assistant States Attorney Gabrielle Goter has joined the team.
Space Alien’s provided the team an opportunity to raise money for incentives. A day was designated drug court day. The court received a percentage of the profit from customers’ meals who presented a flier for juvenile drug court. The program is called “Helping Earthlings Program.”
The participants helped with the Great American Bike Race, painted at the Dakota Zoo, helped Carrie Gross with her homeless program, and assisted with the kids games at the Applefest, which is a fundraiser for the cure of cancer.
The Bismarck team members held a Juvenile Drug Court 101 for teachers, clergy, social workers, school principals, and law enforcement. The attendees received information on the mission of juvenile drug court and the role of each team member. The team also held a mock drug court session.
Chief Justice VandeWalle asked how long a participant waits to get into drug court and what the reasons are for the delay. Karen Kringlie responded that normally they are waiting for a drug or alcohol assessment or a pending hearing.
Justice Maring asked what were some of the reasons for terminations in the courts. Karen Kringlie stated that Fargo’s main reasons for terminating a participate is lack of support at home, moving out of town or dealing drugs. Judge Cresap stated that a lot of Minot’s terminations resulted from multiple uses and the last two terminations were because of run-aways.
Marilyn Moe asked Minot how the Parenting Program was working for their court. Valerie Potter stated that it is well received. The parents and participants attend separate sessions once a month.
Holly Webster reported for the Williston Juvenile Drug Court. The court continues to be placed on hold.
Team Training. Marilyn Moe asked the team members to contact her by January 1, 2012, if they are interested in team training. If there is enough interest, she will contact the National Drug Court Institute for a facilitator. Marilyn reported that the Upper Midwest Drug Court Committee will start to meet and set up the conference scheduled for October 2-4, 2013, in Bismarck. Sherrice Roness suggested we contact Charlene Schweitzer from the North Dakota State Laboratory to present on synthetic drug testing.
Travis Rau stated that the website, parentslead.org, is a great resource for parents on how to talk to kids about drugs, what to look for at home, and has plenty of handouts to run off.
Jamestown/Valley City Juvenile Drug Court. Karen Kringlie stated that because of inquiries from parents and other agencies about a Juvenile Drug Court in Jamestown, a meeting has been set for October 25, 2012, at Jamestown with all potential involved agencies invited. Marilyn Moe stated if they are all in agreement the process will not start until after the 2013 Legislative Session.
Institutionalization of Juvenile Drug Court. Justice Maring stated that Jim Ganje drafted an administrative rule for the institutionalization of juvenile drug court. Marilyn Moe distributed it to all team members prior to the JDC Advisory meeting. Justice Maring asked for a motion to send the administrative rule to the Supreme Court for a recommendation to adopt. John Grinsteiner made a motion that the administrative rule be presented to the court and Judge Cresap seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Judge Cresap asked if a judge from each court would be on the committee. Justice Maring stated that all the judges will be on the committee unless the Supreme Court would change it.
With there being no further comments, Justice Maring asked for a vote and all were in favor of sending the administrative rule to the Supreme Court for a recommendation to adopt the rule.
The next Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2012, at 10:00 am. It will be an Interactive Video Networking meeting.
Judge Cresap made a motion that the meeting be adjourned and Karen Kringlie seconded the motion.