Doublewood Inn, Bismarck, ND
March 6, 2008
Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
Dr. Kevin Thompson
Marilyn Moe The Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee met at the Doublewood Inn, Bismarck, on March 6, 2008. Deb Davis moved to approve the minutes of September 18, 2007 and Dale Rivard seconded. Motion carried.
A. Team Reports
Kim Hegvik reported for the Fargo team. Fargo currently has nine participants in its program. During this reporting period Fargo has had three graduations and five terminations. Qualified juvenile drug court participants will be involved with the Fargo Forestry project for the summer. The mentor program with the Fargo Police Department has continued, and the participants and law enforcement have attended area sporting events and also participated in community service projects.
The team is working on ways to improve the mentoring project with law enforcement and possible training for the mentors. Dr. Thompson suggested that there be more one-on-one mentoring. Marilyn Moe will check into training for the mentors.
Nicole Leitner asked if there would be a possibility of getting a part-time court officer/drug court coordinator position. Jackie Presley, court officer from Bismarck, spoke in regards to that position. Jackie served in that capacity until she was hired as a full-time court officer. There was discussion on the weighted caseload of the court officers involved with drug court.
Sherrice Roness reported for the Bismarck team. Sherrice has been hired as the coordinator for the Bismarck court. Bismarck currently has seven participants in its program.
Shannon Huber will coordinate the Life Skills Program and the University of Mary students will be involved with tutoring. The Fostering Grandparents Program has partnered with the Bismarck court. They have assigned a grandparent at Wachter Middle School who will provide tutoring for any participants attending that school. Marilyn Moe commented that if this pilot project proves to be successful, it could be incorporated into the other drug courts.
Brad Peterson coordinated a funding project with the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck. The church raised $2,300, which will be deposited in the North Dakota Drug Court Association to be used for incentives for the Bismarck Drug Court.
The drug court was approached by the Bismarck Downtowner Association to work on community projects such as the Christmas displays and spring displays.
Justice Maring talked about scholarships for our drug court participants. She asked that the teams check Dollars for Scholars for information on their program.
Shawn Mattingley reported for the Grand Forks team. Grnad Forks currently has seven participants in the program. Jennifer Liddle will replace Mike Pesch as court officer on the drug court team. The participants have been involved with the Optimist Club, providing gift wrapping at Christmas time. They will be involved in the Art Festival at the Alerus Center.
The team and participants will hold their annual bowling tournament on May 3, 2008. Bowling and food have been donated for the tournament. Shawn is working on a summer skills program which will include completing job applications and working with Career Services through the North Dakota State University.
Deb Davis stated that Drake Counseling has hired a licensed addiction counselor in Grand Forks.
Nicole Leitner, Fargo, asked the team members about having participants complete their GED. She explained to the group that if a participant has completed GED and ends up not successfully completing the drug court program, the participant is not eligible for out-of-home placement, other than, the Youth Correctional Center.
>Valerie Potter reported on the Minot Juvenile Drug Court. Minot currently has four participants. They had two graduations in January. They have had several newspaper articles in the paper recently on their program.
They celebrated their 1st anniversary with a bowling pizza party with team members and participants.
They have received many incentives from their community for their new incentive program. Les Malnaa and Valerie Potter developed an incentive program that allows the participants to bank their hours for larger incentives. They are also awarded immediate incentives. Minot State University has agreed to evaluate the incentive program over a five-year period.
Valerie is working on summer community service projects.
Jack Colby reported for the Williston team. Williston started operation on January 9, 2008. The team consists of: Judge David Nelson, Pete Furuseth, Marlyce Wilder, Holly Webster, Jerry Chapman, Jack Colby, Jason Germundson, and Cory Collins. They currently have one female participant and are staffing two more juveniles. Jack has approached the community for incentives and he has been well received. They have collected car washes, gas cards, meals, and pedicures. The Rec Center has donated free passes for a year.
AA/NA Discussion -The team held discussion on the problems with ordering the participants to attend AA/NA. The juvenile drug court programs in North Dakota will not order their participants to attend AA/NA. Marilyn Moe will check the Juvenile Drug Court Policy Manual for any reference to AA/NA and change the language to support groups.
Devils Lake Juvenile Drug Court - Drug court team members from Bismarck and Grand Forks attended a meeting with members from the Devils Lake Community. The program was explained along with the different roles of the team members. The Devils Lake team will begin training in April. If funds are available, the court plans to begin operation in January of 2009. Judge Donovan Foughty will be the primary judge.
Justice Maring talked about the possibility of this court eventually becoming a joint tribal/state juvenile drug court.
National Drug Court Association Congress - John Grinsteiner just returned from attending Congress for the National Drug Court Association in Washington, D.C. John was not able to attend the advisory meeting, but gave the group a written report. He was able to visit with Senator Dorgan and Senator Conrad's office while in D.C. The 2009 federal budget has zeroed out the funds for the drug court program.
Future Training - Justice Maring suggested that if any team members have requests for instate training, they should contact Marilyn Moe. New team members will be sent to the National Drug Institute for Comprehensive Training.
Juvenile Court Best Practices - Karen Kringlie, Unit 2 Juvenile Court Director, is drafting best practices for assessing juveniles coming into juvenile court. Justice Maring and Karen Kringlie attended the last Juvenile Policy Board meeting and the committee has agreed to draft the best practices in this area.
Next meeting date: September 24, 2008, Minot, ND.
There being no further business meeting was adjourned.