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Judge Susan Dobrich, MADCP President

2015 MADCP Conference

Posted 11/04/2014 - 11:17pm by amutch

Monday, March 23 (starting at 1 p.m.) through Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Conference Registration is now open!

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Hotel rooms currently available at:  Holiday Inn Express for $112 per room per night.  Please call Ann in Group Sales at 248-735-2781.

2nd Annual DWI Court Forum

Posted 10/07/2014 - 9:23pm by amutch

The Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals is pleased to host the second annual DWI Court forum on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:00am—3:30pm.

The forum is designed to exchange ideas and to identify current issues and best practices specific to DWI Courts around the state. This forum will be facilitated and participatory in nature.

Representatives from the Secretary of State will be present to answer questions regarding the Ignition Interlock project.

Attendance is FREE! Lunch will be provided and the cost of parking will be covered. See the attachment for more details. 

Map of Drug and Sobriety Courts in Michigan

Posted 10/09/2012 - 10:58pm by amutch

Click on the colored markers to learn more about each drug and sobriety court.

View Drug & Sobriety Courts in a full screen map


Posted 02/21/2015 - 7:44pm by Karen MacKenzie


The Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals changed its name by Board action on January 29, 2015 to Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals. We will now be known as MATCP. The purpose of the name change was to encompass all problem- solving treatment courts that did not identify with the term “drug court”. A treatment court is a court where:

  1. The target population has a diagnosable emotional or behavior disorder;

  2. The disorder is a substantial causative factor in the target population’s involvement in

    the justice system;

  3. The target population requires professional treatment, and

  4. The target population would best progress in treatment regularly monitored by a


The following Courts fit the criteria above: DWI, Adult Criminal, Family Dependency Drug Courts, Delinquency Drug Courts, Mental Health Court, Veteran’s Court, and Healing to Wellness Courts. As a result, MATCP’s focus will be to provide leadership to problem-solving treatment courts. There are many different types of speciality courts that are not treatment courts because they do not meet the four criteria listed above.

The Center for Court Innovation published six principals that helped to identify a problem-solving court. The first principle is enhanced information, including staff training, data gathering to make decisions on treatment, risks to the public, and appropriate supervision, a thorough biopsychosocial assessment, and confidentiality protocols and agreements that protect the information. The second principle is community engagement, involving an advisory board that is staffed by community members and representatives of other criminal justice partners. The third principle is collaboration with the community and criminal justice systems partners. Fourth, individual justice, means using evidence-based risk and needs assessments to link offenders to individually tailored community-based services. The fifth principle, accountability, refers to insisting on regular and rigorous compliance monitoring and clear consequences for non-compliance. Lastly, outcomes, involve the collection and analysis of data measuring outcomes, processes, costs, and benefits of the program. A program that adheres to these principles is a problem-solving court. Therefore, by changing our name to MATCP, we will be serving the problem-solving courts that have traditionally fallen under the category of treatment courts. Although we do not discourage the development of speciality courts, the Board has decided in order to be served by MATCP, the court must meet the standards as set forth by the Center for Court Innovation, and meet the four criteria listed above.

Specialty Court Training at the 2014 State Judical Conference

Posted 02/23/2014 - 5:32pm by Karen MacKenzie

March 25-27 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids

Specialty Court

sessions are as follows:

[2G] Regional Problem Solving Courts (Bowler, Parks)

[4G] DWI/Sobriety Ignition Interlock Program (Bowler, Hoffman)

[5H] Establishing the Essential Elements of a Mental Health Court (Parks, Pappas)

[6J] Veterans Therapeutic Court (Graham, Debbrecht-Switalski, Switalski, Voet)

[7H] Dynamics of Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Implications for Criminal and Family Division Proceedings (Grimes, Hamilton, Powers, Khalil)

Please encourage your benchmates to attend and learn more about these important strategies.


Plese click the attached document for the full descriptions.

DWI/Sobriety Courts Ignition Interlock Program Becomes Permanent

Posted 12/16/2013 - 11:33am by Karen MacKenzie

     MADCP’s bills making the DWI/Sobriety Courts Ignition Interlock Program permanent have cleared both Houses of the legislature and have been sent to the Governor for signature.  The change to permanent status occurs on January 1, 2015 with the pilot status ending on December 31, 2014.
     Many thanks to all of you that worked to get this done.  The Bill is attached, below.

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