Hon. Todd Cresap
Hon. Karen Braaten
Hon. Donovan Foughty
Hon. Todd Cresap
Hon. Steven McCullough
Hon. Thomas Merrick
Senator Larry Robinson
Hon. Mary Muehlen Maring
Mikayla Jablonski Jahner
The Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee met through video conferencing, on September 6, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Referee John Grinsteiner who chaired the meeting in the absence of Justice Mary Muehlen Maring.
Dawn Deitz moved to approve the minutes of April 19, 2012. Deborah Davis seconded the motion. Motion carried.
A. Team Reports:
Valerie Potter reported for the Minot Team. There were no terminations or graduations since the last reporting period. Minot currently has three juveniles in the Juvenile Drug Court Program. One participant moved out of state and one participant was suspended from the program.
The participants and team members were involved in various community projects during the summer months. In May, participants and drug court team members collected trash and cleaned the parking lot at the People’s State Bank of Velva. In exchange for their services, the bank provided the team with a check for incentives for the participants. Also in May, the participants began their summer community service project with the Roosevelt Park and Zoo. The participants and juvenile court staff completed projects at the zoo every other Thursday until the end of August. The participants also distributed food, unloaded trucks, and stocked shelves at “The Lord’s Cupboard Welcome Table” food pantry in Minot.
In June, Marilyn Moe, presented the “Real Colors” personality test to the team members over a noon luncheon meeting. The training focused on knowing each team member’s personality and how to understand, motivate, and work as a team.
Habeeb Rafiu visited the participants in June. Habeeb is a drug task force member in Watford City and has been a positive role model for the Minot Juvenile Drug Court participants.
The participants also enjoyed a day at the North Dakota State Fair where Josh Duhamel was the Grand Marshall for the parade. Josh has been a strong supporter of the Minot Juvenile Drug Court and everyone was pleased that he stopped to take the time to visit with them.
Vanessa Weber reported for the Devils Lake Team. Currently there are five participants in juvenile drug court. There was one termination during this reporting period.
Summer community service projects included scraping and painting picnic tables for the Devils Lake Park Board. Upcoming service projects will include collaborating with the Sully’s Hill and helping the Minnie H Elementary School with the fall festival.
Participants continue to attend the Cognitive Group, Commitment to Change, and monthly word of the month reports. Judge Foughty has been quizzing the partipants and their parents on the drug court handbook. Correct answers are rewarded with a candy bar.
Adalia McCree from the Lake Region Human Service Center and David Lundy from the Division of Juvenile Services have joined the drug court team.
Marilyn Moe presented the Real Colors Personality Test to the team members in July.
Sherrice Roness reported for the Bismarck Team. Currently there are four participants. One participant graduated and six participants were terminated since the last reporting period.
Team members from Stutsman and Barnes County Juvenile Drug Court observed staffing and court in preparation for their start-up date. The Bismarck team members were able to provide time to answer questions from the Stutsman and Barnes County Juvenile Drug Court team members before the court session.
The participants completed service projects with the Urban Harvest, Bike Rode, School Back-pack Program, Horse Show, and Dakota Zoo. The participants will volunteer for the upcoming Applefest, Downtowners Street Fair, Red Ribbon Carnival, Angel Tree Project, and the Apple Dash.
Hon. Steve McCullough reported for the Fargo Team. Currently there are seven participants. Two graduations and six terminations occurred since the last reporting period. Six participants are attending high school and one participant is enrolled in the GED Program.
The participants completed service projects for the Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Police Department, and the YMCA.
Judge McCullough, Kimberlee Hegvik, Terry Styf, and Nicole Lietner attended training with Carolyn Hardin and Hon. Henry Weber from the National Drug Court Institute on the 16 Strategies. Judge McCullough and members are currently developing a survey on the 16 Strategies for their team members to complete. The results will be sent to Marilyn Moe and, if there are issues that the team members need to work on she will let them know.
Judge McCullough informed the JDC Advisory members that Friday has been set as juvenile court day at Cass County, making it difficult for him and some of the Fargo team members to attend Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Meetings on Fridays.
Sara Ellenwood reported for the Grand Forks Team. Grand Forks currently has eight participants. Three participants graduated and no participants were terminated since the last reporting period. Sara Ellenwood has replaced Chase Breitbach, as juvenile drug court coordinator.
In May, National Drug Court Month, the Grand Forks drug court team and participants celebrated with a bowling tournament. In June, the participants traveled to Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to attend a Twins baseball game. The Twins baseball game tickets were donated by the Twin Care Program and Lutheran Social Services.
In July, the participants were provided a throwing class at Muddy Waters, a non-profit community clay studio. Each participant created a clay dish. In August, the participants and team members enjoyed an afternoon at the local Frisbee Golf Course.
Marilyn Moe asked the Grand Forks team members about the participants working with the Veteran’s Cemetery staff on Memorial Day. Jacob Havig, juvenile court officer, and the participants helped place flags on the graves in preparation for Memorial Day. Marilyn asked the committee members if this should be a state-wide project for the next Memorial Day. Everyone agreed that it would be a great project for the team members along with the participants of juvenile drug court. Sara Ellenwood will send Marilyn the information.
Kristi Wieland reported for the Stutsman/Barnes Juvenile Drug Court. The Stutsman and Barnes County Juvenile Drug Court team members were trained on August 8-9, 2013, at the Ramkota Inn, Bismarck. The training team provided training on the 16 Strategies of Juvenile Drug Court. The Stutsman Barnes Juvenile Drug Court team consists of Honorable Thomas Merrick, primary judge; the Honorable Jay Schmitz, backup judge; Troy Lefevre, Stutsman County Assistant States Attorney; Brian Washburn, Juvenile Court Officer III; Lee Grossman, Barnes County States Attorney; Scott Sandness, Defense Counsel; Kristi Wieland, Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator; Karen Kringlie, Juvenile Court Director; Curt Brown, Juvenile Court Officer II; Brooke Selle and Henry Kates, of the North Dakota State Hospital; John Conway, Jamestown High School Assistant Principal; Dennis Mansavage, Juvenile Court Officer II; Nick Hardy, Jamestown School Resource Officer and Emily Kjelland, of the Lutheran Social Services.
Juvenile Drug Court sessions will be held at the Stutsman County Courthouse on Wednesdays. Judge Merrick will travel to the Barnes County Courthouse on the first Wednesday of each month. The sessions will be held by video conferencing depending on where the judge is attending. The Stutsman and Barnes County Juvenile Drug Court will begin operation on October 9, 2013.
Senator Larry Robinson reported that there have been legislative interim meetings the last two months regarding the critical need for more licensed addiction counselors and mental health staff. Senator Robinson suggested that we have representation at upcoming meetings that the North Dakota Human Services are having across the state and the Alternatives to Incarceration meeting on September 10, 2013, to help raise the awareness of the shortage of treatment for those with substance abuse problems and mental health issues.
John Grinsteiner informed the committee that the West Central Human Service will open an adolescent treatment facility in Bismarck soon. It will have eight beds available for inpatient treatment and is a 3.5 residential setting. There are only two facilities in the state for adolescent residential treatment. The director of the facility is Elsie Motter, treatment provider for the South Central Juvenile Drug Court.
Shawn Peterson, Juvenile Court Director, briefly explained the 24/7 Program that started for juveniles on August 1, 2013. Shawn explained that there have not been a lot of juvenile DUI cases in the state since the program has been implemented but it does face a few challenges. The juvenile is required to pay for their tests and that price varies across the state. Nicole Leitner stated that Fargo Juvenile Court has had four cases and has not had any problems with the program. Jamestown has had three cases and two are pending at this time. Brian Washburn stated that Jamestown Juvenile Court is seeing different fees and different testing times across the Southeast Judicial District. John Grinsteiner thanked the Juvenile Court Directors for their role in implementing and educating the judges and referees across the state about the program and the implementation process.
Dismissal of Charges and Expungement of Record
John Grinsteiner asked the committee to consider changes to the policy on dismissing the arresting offense once a participant has graduated from the Juvenile Drug Court Program. The current policy states that if the graduates remains offense free for six months following graduation, the arresting offense will be dismissed. John Grinsteiner recommended amending the policy to provide for dismissing the arresting offense upon graduation. He also recommends amending the policy to provide for the record of a graduate to be expunged in one year instead of two years. The purpose of this request is a recruitment tool. John believes that it would help bring in more participants into the Juvenile Drug Court Program. John Grinsteiner has been meeting with defense counsel in his district to explain the program and has found that a lot of defense counsel had not heard of the program. John Grinsteiner asserted the lack of awareness of the program may be impacted by the confidentiality of juveniles cases . Marilyn Moe explained to the committee that originally the offense was dismissed upon graduation but was changed after the courts were running for two years. Kimberlee Hegvik stated that she felt that the six months waiting period was an incentive for the graduate to remain sober. Judge Donovan Foughty and Judge Karen Braaten agreed that there needs to be more discussion on the topic. The teams will discuss the topic and it will be placed on the agenda for the next JDC Advisory meeting.
Criteria for Juvenile Drug Court
Judge Steve McCullough explained to the committee about the train-the-trainer training that he was a part of with Carolyn Hardin from the National Drug Court Institute and Honorable Henry Weber (Ret.) from Kentucky. The team spent two days in Fargo training on the 16 strategies and how to teach new teams and refresh older teams on the Strategies.
Judge McCullough explained that the current process being used for placing juveniles into juvenile drug court was reviewed by the two presenters. They explained that our current process is too subjective and a slow process. They suggested that the juvenile courts develop a different screening tool for entry into court to remove subjectivity and speed up the process. The screening tool would also provide an opportunity for more participants to enter the Juvenile Drug Court Program. Stutsman and Barnes County developed a new Referral Form at their training in August and it was distributed to all team members prior to this meeting. Judge McCullough asked the committee to review this form and asked if anyone had comments. The National Drug Court Institute explained to the trainers that the criteria should be reviewed every two years to make sure teams reach their target population.
After a lengthy discussion, the committee agreed to discuss it with their team members and bring it back for further discussion at the next JDC Advisory Committee meeting.
Marilyn Moe suggested that the committee meet on a quarterly basis because the lack of time for discussion and the increase of changes and additions of courts. Deborah Davis made a motion to change JDC Advisory Committee meetings to meet quarterly and Dawn Deitz seconded the motion. Motion carried.
One-Day Team Training
Marilyn Moe informed the committee members and team members that she is planning a one day team building retreat for later fall or early spring. She will send out more information once the date and agenda have been set.
Judge Steven McCullough made a motion to accept the Termination Policy for the Juvenile Drug Court Policy Manual and Shawn Peterson seconded the motion. Motion carried. The new policy will be added to the manual.
Marilyn Moe explained that the Implementation Policy for starting new drug courts will be tabled until next meeting.
Juvenile Policy Amendments to Policy 401 and 407
Marilyn Moe stated that suggestions were sent to the Sally Holewa, State Court Administrator, during the comment period and the Juvenile Policy Board meets at the end of September to discuss the amendments and suggestions.
Upper Midwest Drug Court Conference
John Grinsteiner reminded the committee and team members to register for the upcoming conference in October. Marilyn Moe stated that the agenda has been set and reminded the members to let her know of any door prizes that are collected. Drug courts from Minnesota and tribal courts from the surrounding states have been contacted. Marilyn also informed the group that all state legislators have been invited to attend and that the last day has been designated Legislator Day. This will give the legislator’s the opportunity to hear past graduates and families speak about the program.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.