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Judge Susan Dobrich, MATCP President

Laugh Fest Grand Rapids

Posted 01/18/2016 - 1:57pm by Karen MacKenzie


Our conference this year happens to coincide with a week-long annual event in Grand Rapids known as Laugh Fest. 

Here who is on tap for the days we will be meeting:

Kathy Griffin on Monday night before the conference ($37.50 - $57.50, 8 p.m. performance at DeVoss)

Rockin' Homegrown Jam w/ The Legal Immigrants on Tuesday ($10.00 7:30 p.m. at the BOB)

Best of the Midwest ($15.00, 7 p.m. at the BOB) Wednesday.

These are fundraising events for Gilda's Club.

Contact Kelsey Morrison at kmorrison@gildasclubgr.org or 616-453-8300 x123 for questions or check out this link for information about the week.

We are going to Grand Rapids!

Posted 11/05/2015 - 12:20pm by Karen MacKenzie

So, we jumped east last year, and now we are jumping west.  Our March MATCP conference will be held at the Amway Grand Hotel, in the middle of beautiful downtown Grand Rapids!  To get ready, here is a link for hotel registration, and a visitor's guide to the city.  Below is a PDF of a Grand Rapids city map, with food deals that will be available to our participants.  Present this in March to get the deals that are outlined.

See you there!

MATCP Seeking Part-Time Executive Director

Posted 10/22/2015 - 10:23am by Karen MacKenzie

We are looking for a PART-TIME Executive Director

They will be reporting to the Board of Directors, and have overall operational responsibility for executing the mission of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals. The ED is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the association. Implements policies established by the board of directors. Provides leadership, direction and guidance of association activities. Develops and maintains organizational structure and effective personnel. Coordinates major activities through subordinates / volunteers and appraises assigned personnel. Represents the association to other agencies, community organizations, donors, funders, and the general public.

See the attached PDF for a full description of responsibilities and qualifying criteria.

SALARY RANGE:  $35,000 - $45,000 depending upon experience and hours negotiated; up to 32 hours/week average. 

WORK LOCATION:  Successful candidate must be able to work from home or a suitable alternative.  Some travel within the state will be required.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to madcp@me.com. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15, 2015.

Great press coverage of our Interlock Study results

Posted 05/26/2015 - 10:15am by Karen MacKenzie

Here are a few of the articles and interviews that were published/broadcast to explain and support the Interlock Research Project results.  GREAT COVERAGE!  GREAT RESULTS!

Study: Ignition Interlocks Stop Repeat Drunk Driving Offenses – News Release

Ignition interlocks stop repeat drunk driving - Michigan Radio

From Specialty Courts, More Than Verdicts - Battle Creek Enguirer

Chief Justice Young talks about ignition interlock devices on The Frank Beckmann Show (AUDIO) – WJR Detroit

Study: Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Effectively Cut Drunk Driving - CBS Detroit

Study: Ignition interlock program working in Michigan – The Detroit News

Judge Harvey Hoffman explains impact of devices on lowering repeat drunk driving rates - Lansing State Journal

Officials Hope Device Will Decrease Repeat DUI Offenders (VIDEO) – WLNS TV Lansing

Study: Devices lower repeat drunk driving rate - Lansing State Journal

Milford man: Sobriety court’s interlock ignition program changed my life – Oakland Press

Judge Vincent Westra Says Ignition Interlock Devices Improve Sobriety Court Participants' Lives and Give Them Hope – Kalamazoo Gazette

New report claims remarkable success at curbing drunk drivers - WKZO

Judge Michael Stepka Discusses Success of Ignition Interlock Device Proving To Be Successful in Michigan – Northern Michigan 9&10 News

Study:  Ignition Interlocks help cut drunken driving - Detroit Free Press (AP)

Ignition interlock study finds fewer repeat offenders are to blame - WLNS.com

Ignition Interlock Device Proving To Be Successful in Michigan - Northern Michigan 9&10 News

Officials to highlight sobriety court program - Traverse City Record-Eagle




Results Are In: Interlock Assists to Reduce Recidivism

Posted 04/15/2015 - 6:45pm by Karen MacKenzie

With four years of data we have large numbers of participants who have significant time logged after they have left probation. The important recidivism number is found on page 40, where the participants with at least three years in the program (participants with significant time off probation) have a DWI recidivism rate of 2.8% compared to standard probationers with a DWI recidivism rate of 5.5%.  Almost exactly half!  Another favorite finding is located on page 48.  The DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock program failure rate is 12%, while the DWI/Sobriety Court Non Interlock Group has a failure rate of 34%.  This would indicate that the Ignition Interlock program improves the outcomes in DWI/Sobriety Courts overall.

It is a fairly long read, but well worth it.

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