|Members Present |
Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
Dr. Kevin Thompson
Judge Ralph Erickson
Judge Bruce Romanick
|Members Absent |
Chief Chris Magnus
Judge Deb Kleven
The meeting was called to order by Justice Maring at the Seven Seas in Mandan, ND. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit.
Judge Bruce Romanick, Lanny Serrano, and Shannon Huber from South Central Judicial District joined the advisory board meeting. South Central Judicial District is implementing a juvenile drug court.
The minutes of the April 5, 2002, meeting were approved.
The Grand Forks team report was given by Peter Welte. They have thirteen participants in their program, and they have had three graduations since March 2002. Court was held every other week during the summer months. Keys to Innervision was presented every other Wednesday for the participants. They celebrated National Drug Court Month with popcorn and pop on May 9, 2002. Judge Deb Kleven and Peter Welte spoke to the Kiwanis Club in Grand Forks and received twenty-three $10 gift certificates from the local convenience stores for gasoline.
Judge Karen Braaten has agreed to join the Grand Forks team. She will be attending judicial training in Reno, Nevada, September 29, 2002 through October 4, 2002. Judge Braaten will begin presiding over the Juvenile Drug Court in October. Shannon Ackley, a law student at UND, agreed to volunteer her services to the Northeast Central Judicial juvenile drug court. She will begin on September 19, 2002, and Peter Welte will be her supervisor. Peter Welte would like her to start work on a Policy and Procedures manual. Marilyn Moe will forward any materials she has from other drug courts on policies and procedures.
Kris Haycraft gave the Fargo team report. East Central has thirteen participants, two females and eleven males. The group activities have become very positive for their JDC program. Judge Erickson has received positive feedback from participants' parents. All participants are enrolled in school, and their attendance has been remarkable. Judge Erickson has been nominated to fill the federal judgeship in Fargo. Discussion was held on a replacement for Judge Erickson. East Central JDC celebrated National Drug Court Month with a picnic. Area legislators and law enforcement were in attendance along with the team, participants, parents, past graduates, and family.
The advisory board discussed the increasing meth problems. Grand Forks and Fargo have seen some meth usage. The committee's concerns are with treatment issues and insurance coverage for the participants. Fargo JDC has drafted a questionnaire for the participants about dual diagnosis. The team feels that if these treatment issues are addressed at the beginning of the participant's program, it will benefit the participant's success.
The Bismarck report was given by Judge Bruce Romanick. Fifteen Bismarck and Mandan people attended training in Grand Forks on September 5 and 6, 2002. The team consists of: Judge Bruce Romanick, Shannon Huber, Brandi Sasse, Chuck Isakson, Susan Anderson, Jessica Guenther, Tom Lamphear, Lanny Serrano, Glen Ternes, and Perry Lauer. Judge Romanick travels to Reno, Nevada, for training on alcohol and other drugs. The team plans to be operational in October. Thursday of each week has been set as court day.
Justice Maring suggested the committee discuss the size of the advisory board and if they wanted to consider downsizing because of the addition of the Bismarck members. Following discussion, the committee agreed to keep the advisory committee members the same and will meet on a semi-annual basis. This meeting would include a speaker or training on drug court issues. It was also suggested by Mary Hall that the committee consider adding a business person to their committee.
Marilyn Moe distributed a handout summarizing the team members' training and travel for the 2002 year. Justice Maring encouraged members to contact Marilyn if there were any requests for further training.
Justice Maring suggested that all team members who are attending the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit at the Seven Seas, thank Karen Larsen from Human Services for the fee waiver to the Summit.
Justice Maring stated that Colonel Hughes from the North Dakota Highway Department is doing video interactive training. She asked if the committee would be interested in having the JDC video shown and possibly a panel on hand for questions. Justice Maring will contact Colonel Hughes for further information. Judge Romanick suggested speaking directly to the candidates at the academy.
Dr. Kevin Thompson distributed an updated summary on the Juvenile Drug Court Program. He also stated that the graduates from the program are now being tracked. He expressed his thanks to Ron Schneider and Kristi Lentz for their assistance in obtaining information for the School Achievement Report.
The committee discussed drug testing and the possibility of using the saliva tests. East Central will be testing the saliva test for Schmidt and Associates in Fargo. Discussion was held on the use of patches on participants. The team has experienced problems with receiving the results in a timely manner.
Melody Peterson presented the group with figures in regard to treatment hours and costs from the Human Service Center. Justice Maring had met with Karen Larsen and Carol Olson from Human Services regarding to this matter.
Greg Wallace and Judge Ralph Erickson met with Brenda Kasparie on facilitating a Strategic Planning meeting. Greg will contact Brenda for a date.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 2003.
The meeting was adjourned.