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Volume 2, Issue 2
A Publication by the

June 2012

2012 Officers and Directors
Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals
President Kevin Batts Vice President Mary Schneider Treasurer Brad Price Secretary Rick Taylor West Tennessee Director Angela Parkerson Middle Tennessee Director Marianne Schroer East Tennessee Director Judge Charles Cerney At Large Directors Ron Hanaver Tracye Bryant Jill Barrett

NADCP NATIONAL RELAY FOR RECOVERY VISITS TENNESSEE
By Chris Deutch and Kristen Daugherty, NADCP [Chris and Kristen travelled 3,313 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic during the Relay for Recovery Motorcycle Ride in May 2012. They say their stops in Tennessee were among the most inspirational visits of the entire trip.] It was a perfect afternoon in Little Rock, and with an hour of downtime before meeting our next riders, we set up shop at a great little coffee shop, set up the computers and got some much needed work done. Tony Shelby and his wife Stephanie had ridden up from Memphis to meet us and ride us back. He called just before he arrived. “I’m in an American flag shirt and have a beautiful woman on the back of my bike,” he said. Right on both counts. The ride in to Memphis was slow, and we felt for Tony and Stephanie who had battled traffic on both ends of the drive. We headed straight to Central Barbeque. Just before we arrived, we passed a house where a group of people were sitting on the stoop. Tony and Stephanie threw them a wave as we passed by and the group waved back. When we were settled on the outdoor patio with our ribs, wings and cornbread we asked who they were. “Oh that’s one of our houses,” Tony said. Over dinner we heard more of their story. Tony got sober more than 15 years ago. He had been homeless and he promised himself that if he ever had the means he would help others in his position. A few years later he and Stephanie had a plan to flip houses. They bought some properties and fixed them up. But before the houses were put back on the market Tony felt the pull to service that is so common among those in recovery. “A lot of people need beds. And we had beds,” Stephanie said. Today, they operate four sober-living houses, two of which are dedicated to participants in the Shelby County Drug Court in Memphis, part of the deep reservoir of service in this country found in and around Drug Courts and the recovery community. For 15 years Judge Tim Dwyer has presided over the Shelby County Drug Court. Ten years ago, he tapped his childhood friend Jack Mayer to run a foundation that would support the program. Today the Shelby County Drug Court Foundation <http://shelbycountydrugcourt.org/foundation.php> helps fund the court program, that had come out to meet us cheering and supporting everything from treatment beds waving homemade signs. The restaurant to small gifts for Drug Court graduates. The was packed for the graduation, as hundreds morning after arriving in Memphis we met of friends and family had come out to celeJack, the Drug Court team, and many particbrate the Drug Court’s five graduates. Many ipants and graduates at the Tennessee of the restaurant staff were Drug Court Welcome Center just off the Mississippi graduates themselves, and as we finished up River. Unfortunately Judge Dwyer was our buffet lunch, they joined us for the cereunable to attend, so we presented the All mony to honor the graduates. The 23rd Rise America plaque to Jack to thank him Judicial District Drug Court makes a point for building an incredible network of supof hiring graduates to help run the program. port for the court. Judge Robert Burch explained that individuDuring the cereals who have gone through the program mony we heard form a special bond with participants and from Nakia, a 2004 that their desire to be of service makes them graduate of the invaluable members of the team. Doug Shelby County spoke to this during the ceremony: “I came Drug Court. After in to this program broken,” he said. “Now I completing Drug have a family, I pay taxes, I do what I am Court, Nakia was supposed to do.” It is hard to imagine he reunited with her had been anything other than the affable, son who is now an warm-hearted person who so eagerly met us honor roll student soon to attend college. in the rain an hour earlier, a poignant “They say it takes a village to raise a child,” reminder of how far he had come and the Nakia said. “But it takes a community to transformation that can be achieved through raise a generation. It is good to know that recovery. there are people out there who recognize The ceremony was quick, with an that some people deserve a second chance,” emphasis on spending time as a community she said. “I have no words for what this prosurrounded by family and friends. One-bygram did for me.” one the five graduates were recognized and The next morning we met up with Tony, offered brief remarks. The sentiment was Stephanie and a couple of their friends for universal: gratitude for the opportunity at a the short ride out of Memphis. We were new life and the people – friends, family, headed to Dickson, TN for a noon graduaDrug Court staff – who helped make it postion. Along the way we met up with a group sible. of about eight riders in Jackson, TN. Tony Judge Burch wrapped things up with a passed the gavel to message specifically to Donnie Knott, a graduates. “Thank you defense attorney with for what your success clients in the nearby does for me,” he said. Milan Drug Court. “I feel like the luckiest Tony and Stephanie person in the world headed home, and we because I get to be a pushed on to our next part of your transforrendezvous at Loretta mation.” Lynn’s restaurant outPeople mingled for side of Dickson. a while after the cereWe arrived just as the first rain of the trip mony. We chatted with just about everyone. began to fall. There we met Doug Beecham, The mood was festive but relaxed and there the magnanimous DUI was a palpable sense of our interconnectedCourt Coordinator with ness. We finally said goodbye. Doug escortthe 23rd Judicial Drug ed us out of town before peeling off for Court in Dickson. home. So long, Dickson. Howdy, Nashville. Doug’s enthusiasm was A friend happened to send the following an immediate boost for quote as this entry was being written, a fitthe group. After chatting closer: ting for a bit in the rain, we headed …nothing so liberalizes a man out to meet our and expands the kindly instincts police escort and ride to Farmer’s Restaurant where the day’s graduation that nature put in him as travel was being held. and contact with many kinds of We pulled up to the restaurant and people. – Mark Twain were taken aback by the huge crowd

Inside This Issue
Rolling Down The Road 2

TADCP Holds “A DAY ON THE HILL” 2 TADCP Welcomes New Director TADCP Gives Out Sweet Treats The Faces of Recovery Four Graduate In 10th District Membership Application 3 3 3 4 4

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ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD
DRUG COURT ON THE MOVE
The Drug Court program which operates gift to Drug Court.” in Franklin County and the 12th Judicial The Drug Court Foundation, a 501(c3) District received a big boost this week. Two non-profit corporation, has received tremenhouses were transported from their previous dous support from the community from the home to new locations. beginning of the program. Churches and The houses, each with three bedrooms, Sunday School classes, civic clubs and frawere donated to the Drug Court Foundation ternal groups along with hundreds of indiby media personality and financial consultviduals have helped the participates in Drug ant Dave Ramsey. Ramsey, who has mainCourt achieve the goals needed to live a tained a residence on Tims Ford Lake for clean and sober life. several years, recently As an alternative to decided he and his family prison the Drug Court ...the Drug Court program saved needed larger accommodaprogram uses compretaxpayers $1,689.48. Compared to tions and rather than tearhensive supervision, ing the houses down made the cost of housing these partici- constant drug testing, pants in jail for a year the savings treatment services and the donation to the court. are $616,660.20. Consistent with his immediate sanctions financial teaching, which and incentives to proincorporates giving back and supporting vide the participants with the tools to recovthose who need assistance, Ramsey made er from addiction and lead productive, the gift to the foundation. This gift reprecrime-free lives. sents the largest contribution in the history Along with transforming lives the proof the Drug Court program. gram is a source of savings for the taxpayers Buddy Perry, 12th Judicial District Circuit of the county. The average cost of housing Court Judge and Drug Court Judge one inmate in a local county jail is approxiexpressed his appreciation by saying, “Mr. mately $54.00 per day. The current cost to Ramsey, who has helped so many people maintain one person in the Drug Court prothrough his radio programs, books and gram in $9.58 per day. There are 46 particiclasses continues to help others with this pants currently in Drug Court with only 8 of those in jail. If all 46 were incarcerated the cost to taxpayers would be approximately $2,484.00. Currently to keep these 46 offenders in Drug Court programs, including those who are incarcerated the cost is only $794.52. Today, the Drug Court program saved taxpayers $1,689.48. Compared to the cost of housing these participates in jail for a year the savings are $616,660.20. Perry continued his statement by saying, with the continued help of local Drug Court supporters and contributions from philanthropist like Dave Ramsey the program will continue to operate with high standards, will be able to offer the privilege of the program to others and will place on those in the program the demands needed and the challenge that they become the best man or woman they can be. According to state reports the Drug Court has a ninety-two percent success rate with those who successfully complete the program. National reports indicate that across the country seventy-five percent of those who successfully complete a Drug Court program will never have handcuffs put on them again.

TADCP MEMBERS GATHER FOR A “DAY ON THE HILL”
TADCP members from around the State gathered at the State Capitol on March 27th, bringing an important message to lawmakers ... DRUG COURTS WORK! Dozens of Senators, Representatives, and staffers joined TADCP for a delicious fried chicken lunch to talk about the successes of local drug courts. They were inspired by the stories of recovering addicts who are rebuilding their lives. They listened intently as participants and graduates explained how they have become law-abiding, tax-paying, contributing members of society. They heard from those who now pay child support, income taxes, and state taxes thanks to Drug Court. They heard from those who no longer cost the state in terms of police, court, and prison resources. They learned how DRUG COURTS WORK!

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Mark Your Calendars! TADCP Annual Training Conference
December 5-7, 2012 Embassy Suites Hotel Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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TADCP BOARD WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR
The TADCP Board welcomes Angela Parkerson, Shelby County Drug Court Coordinator, as the new West Tennessee Director. Angela fills the vacancy created recently when Rebekkah Provost-Emmons moved out of state.

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER
BY KEVIN BATTS
It’s been an exciting Spring for TADCP! On March 27, your association hosted a successful “Day on the Hill” at the State Capitol in Nashville. TADCP members shared information and stories about Tennessee Drug Courts with dozens of State Senators and Representatives. We treated officials and their staffs to a fried chicken lunch while we mingled and taught them about the mission of Drug Courts. We found them to be gracious and receptive to our message. Most have a good understanding of the role served by Drug Courts. Most are committed to increasing the role of Drug Courts within the criminal justice system. They understand our commitment to putting Drug Court within the reach of every Tennessean who needs us. Key lawmakers have promised to explore funding opportunities for Drug Courts. Awareness is the first step toward progress, and “Day on the Hill” accomplished much. We’ll be back! On May 11-14, the National Relay for Recovery Motorcycle Relay rumbled across the Volunteer State. It was NADCP’s national relay from the Pacific to the Atlantic to draw public attention to the work of Drug Courts in America. Chris Deutch and Kristen Daugherty of NADCP led the relay from their command center, a brightly colored RV which promoted the success of Drug Court programs in the United States. The Relay made stops in Memphis, Jackson, and Dickson. While in Dickson, the riders were treated to a delicious buffet lunch at Farmer’s Restaurant, followed by a graduation exercise for five Drug Court participants. The Relay was greeted in Dickson by a cheering crowd of 150 local Drug Court supporters waving American Flags and homemade signs. The event was captured on film by a Nashville television station, and given prominent coverage on the nightly news. The Relay provided great press coverage for Tennessee Drug Courts! On May 30 – June 2, Nashville hosted the NADCP National Drug Court Training Conference at the Opryland Hotel. Four thousand Drug Court professionals from around the world (yes, the world!) gathered in Music City to celebrate Drug Court successes, to exchange ideas, to enjoy camaraderie, and to learn from experts in the fields of substance abuse treatment and criminal justice. Your TADCP was prominently featured during the Conference. TADCP members Doug Beecham and Chad Massey were featured in a “Welcome to Nashville” video along with participants from the 23rd District Drug Court. Tennessee Drug Courts were also in the spotlight during the showing of the film “Relay for Recovery”, which chronicled the national NADCP motorcycle relay. Davidson County Drug Court Judge Seth Norman provided an entertaining lesson on “How to Talk Nashville.” Drug Court graduates from Nashville and Murfreesboro were among dozens who shared their uplifting stories of recovery. And TADCP hosted a popular Hospitality Suite set up like a small café with snacks and refreshments, including complimentary Goo-Goo candies. Thousands of conference attendees enjoyed the warm hospitality offered by TADCP, and left with great memories of Tennessee and our Drug Courts.

TADCP WELCOMES GUESTS WITH SWEET TREATS
TADCP Board Member Rick Taylor greets thousands of attendees at the NADCP National Training Conference with complimentary Goo-Goo Clusters at the TADCP Hospitality Suite at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Helping Rick welcome guests from around the world are 23rd District Drug Court participants Courtney Dotson, Amanda Spears, and Sherrie Collins.

THE FACES OF RECOVERY
DRUG COURTS ARE CHANGING LIVES

TADCP MEMBERS ENJOY....


CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
(NAADAC AND CLE)



ANNUAL TADCP CONFERENCE

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FOUR GRADUATE FROM ADULT DRUG COURT IN 10TH DISTRICT
Felicia King, Lauren McKee, Zack Liner and tirelessly to make the program a success. Colleen Henson all completed the two-year pro“You all are life savers,” Liner said. “You gram with no drug screenings finding anything saved my life. I’d either be in jail or dead if besides physician-prescribed medication, it wasn’t for this program.” according to Dr. Linda Wells, action counselor King received a special presentation in in the program. addition to the plaque presented “You saved my life. I’d either be by Judge Carroll Ross when her Wells said she could see the in jail or dead (if it wasn’t for this daughters presented her with a positive impact single rose. program).” successfully Also during the ceremony, completing the program was having on the indi- many family members and members of the viduals’ families. drug court expressed how proud they were of the graduates. All the graduates credited the roles of several community leaders who they said have worked State Rep. John Forgety recounted the story

of David and Goliath during the graduation ceremony and encouraged those present to have faith and stand against the giants in their lives.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF DRUG COURT PROFESSIONALS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
A one-year membership to TADCP is $25 per person. An organizational membership from 1/01/2012 - 12/31/2012 is $200 for 2-10 members and $10 for each additional member greater than 10. Please make checks payable to TADCP.
Is this application for an individual membership or orgranizational membership? Individual ❑ Organizational ❑ Please specify the membership organization_______________________________________________________
1. Primary contact person Name Title Organization Drug Court Mailing Address City, State, ZIP Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Address

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