Karen Barnes AADCP Past President

Karen Barnes
Executive Member

I began my career with the therapeutic courts in 1999 as a Probation Officer with DUI Court. I then moved on to be Supervisor for DUI Court and then Drug Court. Drug Courts have changed from the first days as a result of research in the field proving what works. I have been a consultant/trainer with the National Drug Court Institute since 2000. It has been a privilege to be a part of training hundreds of people from different disciplines on best practices and the Drug Court Standards.

I have been involved with Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals (AADCP) since 2003. The Association had a bit of a challenge for a few years during the budget crisis in the state, but we persevered and got back into full swing again around 2009. I have served as the President, past President and now am a member at large. I have spent the majority of my career working with the specialty courts, as it is my passion, and I believe combining treatment with the criminal justice system brings about lasting change in the client’s life.