Substance abuse, in particular the opioid crisis, is a powerful stress on our communities, our law enforcement, and our courts.
This session covers a collaboration between seven courts in Washtenaw County, Michigan and nonprofits in the recovery community to provide technology to ease barriers to recovery. Clients of substance abuse treatment organizations often experience great difficulty in their recovery efforts due to outstanding legal obligations.
At the same time, the courts are seeking to proactively engage with all members of the community, increase access to justice, help community members from all backgrounds resolve legal obligations, and provide alternatives to incarceration where possible. Technology, in the form of an online system for requesting and resolving open issues such as tickets, warrants, and unpaid fines has aided these efforts in Washtenaw County.
Hear Judah Garber of Washtenaw County Friend of the Court, Lisa Fusik Deputy Court Administrator of the 14A District Court, and Jason Schwartz Clinical Director of Dawn Farm recovery organization share outcomes and lessons learned from their initiative launched in the summer of 2018.