2014 Problem Solving Courts Conference: Spotlight on Success

Spotlight on Success

2014 Arizona Problem Solving Courts Conference

April 28 – 29, 2014


The Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals and the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy are pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Arizona Problem Solving Courts Conference: Tune in and Tune Up: Aligning Research and Practice.


We are glad that you have joined us here at the Prescott Resort, where national and statewide experts are on hand to present critical information, share lessons learned, and engage in dialogue about a variety of topics. Networking functions will provide a backdrop for you to build valuable partnerships with fellow professionals while sharing ideas and solutions.


We are thrilled to welcome plenary presenters Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D., Director of the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy; Shana Malone, Senior Research Analyst of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; and Terrence Walton, MSW, CSAC, Director of Treatment at the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columba.


Following a successful 2013 conference, we have once again created specialized tracks in a set of critical areas designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of roles and responsibilities.
Conference tracks include:

Juveniles and transition-age youth
Evidence-based practices
Mental health and trauma


Monday, April 28, 2014

8:30 a.m.               Registration Opens

9:00 a.m.               Refreshments and Networking with Exhibitors

10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Michelle Hart, AADCP President
Hon. Dave Mackey, Presiding Judge, Yavapai County
Jean Wilcox, Prescott City Council

10:30 a.m.

Keynote Session:
PPACA 101: A Criminal Justice Systems Approach to Healthcare Reform
Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D., Professor, Arizona State University

11:45 a.m.             Networking Luncheon & AADCP Awards Presentations

We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of this luncheon: Cenpatico, Community
Partnership of Southern Arizona, SAGE Counseling, NARBHA, Norchem, and Vivitrol.

1:00 p.m.              Facilitated Breakout Discussion Sessions: Participants will be split into groups by role for facilitated discussion.

2:00 p.m.              Networking Break

2:15 p.m.              Breakout Session A

Veterans Track
Military Culture
Thomas Winkel and Patrick Zigert, Arizona Coalition for Military Families

Juveniles and Transition-Age Youth Track
Treating Children with Trauma in a Community Mental Health Setting
Christopher Meshula, Touchstone Behavioral Health

Evidence-Based Practices Track
Outputs and Outcomes: Measuring and Evaluating a Problem Solving Court Initiative
Robert Hood, Director, Community Prosecution & Violent Crime Division, Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc.

Mental Health and Trauma Track
Overview of the Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court
Hon. MaryAnne Majestic, Tempe Municipal Court and MCRHC Presiding Judge, and Margaret Sommer, MCRHC Coordinator

Treatment Track
Drug Testing Panel
Bert Toivola, Scientific Director, Velvet Gardiner, Sentry Sales & Application Specialist, and Tom Eickmeyer, Account Manager, Norchem; and Jamie Anderson, Lab Supervisor, Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC)

3:45 p.m.              Networking Break

4:00 p.m.              Breakout Session B

Veterans Track
Working With the Department of Veterans Affairs
Carin Grzelak, Ph.D., Psychologist, Ali Cassidy, LCSW, Christopher Glade, LMSW, and George Lawson, LCSW

Juveniles and Transition-Age Youth Track
Addiction Neurobiology
Dr. Nitika Singh, Senior Clinical Advisor, Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services

Evidence-Based Practices Track
Mentoring Matters: How Evidence Based Practices in Ex-Offender Reentry Can Lead to Success
Lani Gholston, Project Coordinator, Yavapai Reentry Project, and Kennedy Klagge, Assistant Public Defender, Yavapai County Public Defenders Office / Yavapai Reentry Project Steering Committee

Mental Health and Trauma Track
Considering Historical Trauma When Working with Native Clients
Charlene D. Jackson, Jackson Law Firm, PLLC

Treatment Track Doing the Right Thing for the Right People: Clinical Assessment, Treatment Placement and More
Terrence D. Walton, MSW, CSAC, Director of Treatment, Pretrial Services Agency, District of Columbia

5:15 p.m.

GRANITE MOUNTAIN ROOM Join fellow conference participants, the conference planning committee, and the AADCP executive committee in the Granite Mountain Room for beautiful views, hosted appetizers, a cash bar, and a DJ. Officer elections have been completed and the new Secretary and President Elect will be announced. Special thanks to our networking reception sponsor, Sequelcare.

7:00 p.m.              Beginning at 7:00 p.m., continuous shuttle service will be provided to Prescott Resort guests between the resort and downtown Prescott. Catch the shuttle at the main entrance to the hotel and head downtown to enjoy a variety of dinner options. Shuttle service will conclude at midnight, with the last trip back to the Prescott Resort departing downtown at 11:50 p.m.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

7:30 a.m.              Continental Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Session: The State of Affairs for Arizona Youth: Examining Current Problems and Risk Factors for Youth in Our Communities
Shana Malone, Senior Research Analyst, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

9:45 a.m.               Networking Break

10:00 a.m.             Breakout Sessions C

Veterans Track
So You Think You Want to Start a Veterans Treatment Court?
Hon. Michael Pollard, Tucson Municipal Court; Patricia George, Assistant City Prosecutor, Phoenix Municipal Court; Gregg Maxon, AOC; Tiffany Grissom, Maricopa County Adult Probation; and Katie Howard, Probation Officer, Coconino County Superior Court

Juveniles and Transition-Age Youth Track
Making Hope Happen: Transforming Juveniles Through Successful Transition
Dottie Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition; Derrick Platt, Regional Transition Coordinator; and Desmond Sweet, Transition Facilitator, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)

Evidence-Based Practices Track
Recidivism and Pretrial Diversion Programming: What Do We Really Know?
Madeline Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy

Mental Health and Trauma Track Part I:
Lean on Me: Using Peer Supports in Your Mental Health Court System
Carla Loi, Officer, Maricopa County Adult Probation; Stacey Clay, Court Liason, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care; and Christopher Gonzalez, CEO, Hope Lives
Part II: The Role of the Peer in Diversion
Sally Hueston, Hope Inc.

Treatment Track Drug Trends & Emerging Issues
Shana Malone, Senior Research Analyst, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; Stephanie Siete, Director of Public Relations, Community Bridges; Vince Figarelli, Superintendent, Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory; and Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney

11:30 a.m.           Lunch On Your Own

1:00 p.m.              Breakout Sessions D

Veterans Track
Creating Community Based Support for Justice Involved Veterans
Hon. Michael Pollard, Tucson Municipal Court; Thomas Winkel, Arizona Coalition for Military Families; and Gregg Maxon, AOC

Juveniles and Transition-Age Youth Track
Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Interface
Monica Coury, AHCCCS; and Steve Tyrrell, Program Manager, Juvenile Justice Services Division, AOC

Evidence-Based Practices Track
Effective Practices in Correctional Settings (EPICS) II
Tiffany Wernette and Alison Matson, Probation Officers, and Denim Bond, Probation Supervisor, Coconino County Adult Probation; and Paul Ventura, Probation Officer, Yavapai County Adult Probation

Mental Health and Trauma Track
Def ining Culture, Tradition and Spirituality and their Impact on Individual Growth and Healing
Misti Porter, Independent Consultant

Treatment Track
Part I: The DSM-5 in Problem Solving Courts
Larry Sideman, Ph.D., ABPP, Arizona School of Professional Psychology; and Jeffrey McConihay, PsyD., Northern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Part II: Introduction to Psychotropic Medications
Edward M. Gentile, DO, MBA, FAPA, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona

2:30 p.m.              Networking Break

2:45 p.m.

GOLDWATER BALLROOM Closing Keynote: A Team Member’s Guide to Effective Accountability Court Treatment: The 7-Point Checklist Terrence D. Walton, MSW, CSAC, Director of Treatment, Pretrial Services Agency, District of Columbia

3:45 p.m.              Closing Remarks -AADCP Executive Committee

4:00 p.m.              Adjourn


Conference Planning Committee:

Michelle Hart, Coconino County Adult Probation

Carlos Daniel Carrion, Michelle Rosenberg, and Cathryn Whalen, Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office

Vicki Staples, Brandy Huseman, and Amanda Nash, ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Mark Stodola, Steve Tyrrell, Richard Maxson, and Susan Alameda, Administrative Office of the Court

Tonya Hamilton, Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families

John Morris, Yavapai County Adult Probation

Robin Hoskins, Maricopa County Superior Court

Karen Barnes, Maricopa County Adult Probation

Ashley Terry, Office of the Public Advocate

Mike Byrd, Yuma County Adult Probation

Terri Rahner, Pima County Superior Court

Hon. Nanette M. Warner (Ret.)

Kim MacEachern, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council