Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
Hon. Todd Cresap
Hon. Karen Braaten
Hon. Donovan Foughty
Hon. Todd Cresap
Hon. Steven McCullough
Mikayla Jablonski Jahner
The Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee met through video conferencing, on April 19, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Chair Justice Mary Muehlen Maring.
Judge Steve McCullough moved to approve the minutes of October 2, 2012. Judge Todd Cresap seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Adoption of Administrative Rule 56 - Administrative Rule 56 was adopted by the Court on February 6, 2013. Rule 56 gives the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee the authority to serve as a mechanism for the development of policies and procedures. The Court approved Sections 1 and 2 of the Juvenile Drug Court Program Manual. The third section of the manual contains juvenile drug court forms which may be revised without approval of the court.
Administrative Rule 56 was amended and adopted on April 16, 2013, the Rule was amended to correct the provisions regarding the establishment of members. Justice Maring read the list of new members and explained the members names were submitted to Chief Justice VandeWalle for approval. Letters were sent to all members and all members responded to the Chief that they would serve on this committee. All primary judges are automatically members of the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee. The remaining members drew lots for terms. Shawn Peterson, Lisa Nihill, and Larry Robinson will serve for one year. Deborah Davis, Dawn Deitz, and Brett Anderson will serve two-year terms and Valerie Potter, Steve Mottinger, and Harlan Johnson will serve three-year terms. Members are eligible to serve three consecutive terms. Justice Maring indicated that individuals interested in serving on this committee should contact Marilyn Moe when a membership is open.
Juvenile Drug Court Implementation Policy - Justice Maring drew the Committee’s attention to the proposed Juvenile Drug Court Implementation Policy. Justice Maring explained the policy was drafted at the request of Chief Justice VandeWalle and will be incorporated into the Juvenile Drug Court Program Manual. After discussion, the matter was posponed to the September meeting to allow for further consideration. Justice Maring asked the committee members to send any suggestions on the policy to Marilyn Moe before the September meeting. All suggestions will be distributed to the members before the next meeting.
Chase Breitbach reported for the Grand Forks Team. Grand Forks currently has ten participants. One participant graduated and one participant was terminated since the last reporting period. Chase Breitbach has been hired as juvenile drug court coordinator.
The participants have volunteered at the annual Sox for Kids Program, wrapped Christmas gifts for children, provided free wristbands for participants wanting to attend the “First Night” which is an event that focuses on providing drug and alcohol free activities for children of all ages. The participants also volunteered at the annual Artwise Program.
An upcoming event for the Grand Forks Juvenile Drug Court is bowling at Red Ray Lanes to celebrate National Drug Court Month. In honor of Memorial Day, the team and participants will join with the National Guard to help place American flags by the headstones of fallen soldiers. During the summer months, each participant will visit the clay studio to make a pottery item. Plans are being made to attend a Twins game at Target Field, a BBQ at Lincoln Park and help with Special Olympics in Grand Forks. Grand Forks juvenile drug court participants are required to attend Alive at 25, a defensive driving course, and the Youth Cog Program, a cognitive restructuring class.
Valerie Potter reported for the Minot Team. One termination and one graduation occurred since the last reporting period. Minot currently has five juveniles in the Juvenile Drug Court Program.
The participants of juvenile drug court worked at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast in October, rang bells for the Salvation Army in December, and baked cookies for the Cookies for Troops Program. The annual bowling party was held in January for the participants and team members. The Ward County Task Force gave a presentation for the drug court parents and team members. Habeeb Rafiu, a former Minot State University football player, spoke to the juvenile drug court participants, parents, and team members. Habeeb, raised on the East Coast, dropped out of school after losing many friends due to jail or gang killings. He was eventually recruited by Minot State University and eventually turned his life around. He became the first graduate of the North Dakota Peace Officer Program at Minot State University and is now employed with the Drug Task Force in Watford City.
The parents of the participants in juvenile drug court have formed a support group and continue to meet with Marilyn Carlson, the social skills coordinator.
Hon. Steve McCullough reported for the Fargo Team. Currently there are twelve participants. Two graduations and one terminations occurred since the last reporting period.
Parents are now invited to attend juvenile drug court staffing. The participants completed community service at the Ronald McDonald House, rang bells for the Salvation Army, and served meals for the Salvation Army. The participants were required to attend an interview/resume and skills workshop and the movie "12". The participants continue to participate in the Equip Boy’s Group, the Girl’s Group and Life Management class. Officer Terry Styf is looking into summer projects for the participants with the City of West Fargo.
Nicole Burkhardsmeier will replace Luke Kalsow as juvenile drug court officer. Luke Kalsow will serve as backup officer.
Samantha Rune reported for the Devils Lake Team. Currently there are three participants in juvenile drug court. As of September 30, 2012, there was one graduation and two terminations. The team has added Path Six to their program.
The participants continue to be assigned a “Word of the Month” and continue to use drug court journals from the Change Companies. The coordinator meets weekly with the participants once they start Path Two to discuss the journals. The participants continue to attend the cognitive restructuring program called Commit to Change.
The participants and team members have volunteered at the Special Olympics and helped setup for basketball tournaments.
Samantha Ruane has resigned her position as coordinator.
Sherrice Roness reported for the Bismarck Team. Currently there are eight participants. One participant graduated and three participants were terminated since the last reporting period.
Kate Brovold from Lutheran Social Services has joined the drug court team along with Britta Demello-Rice from the Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office. Heartview Foundation has assigned a new adolescent treatment provider to the juvenile drug court program.
Sherrice Roness sent out fundraising letters to local businesses for the incentive program. She received gift cards and money from Cloverdale; Zuger, Kumis, and Smith; Cottingham Insurance; and a grant from Capital Electric. Lisa Nihill from Devils Lake asked that Sherrice Roness send her the sample letter for fundraising.
The participants completed community service at the Great American Bike Race, Carrie’s Kids, the Banquet, Red Ribbon Carnival, Angel Tree Project, and pizza night for the parents.
The Life Skills Program has been contracted with Carrie Grosz at Carrie’s Kids. The participants are setting individual weekly goals, working with the boys and girls clubs, cooking meals, and filling out job applications. The participants go to Carrie’s Kids every Thursday. The participants will volunteer at the Dakota Zoo for the summer months.
Termination versus Suspension - Shawn Peterson, Juvenile Court Director, Unit 1, led the discussion on adding another termination term for the participants that were terminated because of transferring to another jurisdiction, parents moved or simply aged out. The termination was not for cause. Judge Braaten explained that for statistical purposes it does not really qualify as a termination for noncompliance. Justice Maring agreed that for statistical purposes it does not give the true statistics on termination. The committee was in agreement that there should be two terms for termination; termination for cause and termination for other reason, which we would define. Marilyn Moe will draft an amendment to the program manual to define the two terms. Justice Maring explained that the program manual must be approved by the Supreme Court.
Train the Trainer Training - Marilyn Moe informed the committee that a team comprised of juvenile drug court team members will be trained by Carolyn Hardin from the National Drug Court Association and the Honorable Henry Weber, from Kentucky. The team will be trained on “Building and Effective Juvenile Drug Court” in June. The training team will be responsible for training new teams in the state and assessing and providing continued training for teams already established.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices - Marilyn Moe requests that all juvenile drug court programs have a locked file or safe so that all electronic devices that are taken from participants as a sanction are held in a secure place. Sherrice Roness explained that the South Central Juvenile Drug Court has a Release form for the parents, participant, and team member to sign when any electronic devices are taken from the participant. This form covers the condition of the item when taken. Sherrice will send the form out to the other courts.
The committee discussed the rights of the participants. Justice Maring wanted the team members to be aware of the participants rights and that the team members need to be aware of what the probation order covers.
Shawn Peterson asked in what situations were the courts collecting electronic devices. Judge McCullough stated that his court uses it as a sanction when all lighter sanctions have not been effective. Shawn stated he was not aware of any policies that juvenile court had in place for the procedures when collecting electronic devices. John Grinsteiner stated that he would ask that the topic be put on the Juvenile Policy Board to review the topic.
National Drug Court Month - Marilyn Moe sent out a resource kit for National Drug Court Month to the coordinators. A Proclamation for National Drug Court Month has been sent to Governor Dalrymple for his signature. Marilyn suggested that our State legislators and congressional delegation be invited to visit the courts especially for a graduation event. And, pictures taken at a graduation or visit should be sent to Marilyn Moe so she can forward them to the National Drug Court Association of Professionals. Marilyn also encouraged the team members to visit the other juvenile drug courts in the state. She will coordinate those visits with the juvenile drug court coordinators. Justice Maring asked that the judges of juvenile court send a special invitation to the state legislators and congressional delegation inviting them to attend court.
Jamestown/Valley City Drug Court - Marilyn Moe reported to the committee that Jamestown/Valley City juvenile drug court team members have been designated and they will receive training in August. The court will be unique because Valley City will be held by video conferencing.
Justice Maring stated that the juvenile drug court in Williston has been closed.
Meeting with Director of Human Services Department - Justice Maring and Marilyn Moe met with Maggie Anderson, Interim Director, to verify continued support for the juvenile drug court program. Justice Maring briefly explained the program and the history to Maggie Anderson who made verbal commitment to continue support the program. Justice Maring also mentioned that JoAnne Hoesel, the Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, has been a strong supporter of the program. Maggie Anderson talked of the shortage of addiction counselors. Justice Maring asked Deborah Davis from the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee who also serves on the State Board for Licensed Addiction Counselors what issues she was seeing in recruiting and shortage of counselors in the state. Deborah stated there is a shortage and also some salary issues. She also stated that the Board will probably have to look at the reciprocity issues that the North Dakota has in place in order to address current need.
Upper Midwest Drug Court Conference - Marilyn Moe reported that all the presenters have been contracted. The last day of the conference will be designated as Legislator Day. All state legislators will be invited to attend the continental breakfast and hear the past graduates and family members speak at the closing ceremony.
Door prizes will be given at this year’s drug court conference. Marilyn asked that all members contact businesses or organizations in their communities to donate items for the drawings.
Juvenile Drug Court Program Manual - Justice Maring informed the committee that the Juvenile Drug Court Program Manual’s Sections One and Two have been approved by the Court. The third section contains forms and nonpolicy information that changes often and, therefore, will not require court approval. Marilyn Moe stated she will be revising the manual to avoid the need for frequent Court approval on nonpolicy matters. To move information that pertains to the individual courts into the Appendix. Justice Maring stated that all policies not in the Appendix must be approved by the Court under Administrative Rule 56.
The next Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for September 6, 2013, at 9:00 am. It will be an Interactive Video Networking meeting.