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Opioids and the Courts Toolkit


State Justice Institute

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) with support from the State Justice Institute (SJI) hosted a series of five webinars titled Opioids and the Courts- Difficult Conversations. NCJFCJ and expert faculty explored challenges associated with referring children and families to services in dependency and delinquency cases. The faculty and webinar attendees had the opportunity to discuss how courts and services providers can work together to meet the needs of families and improve their lives. Each particular topic area as well as information on the faculty are listed below.

Lessons Learned in Targeted Resource Mapping & Toolkit

The NCJFCJ and expert faculty explored challenges associated with referring children and families to Opioid Use Disorder and other Substance Use Disorder Services in dependency and delinquency cases.

Opioids and the Courts Webinar Series

Topic 1: Difficult Conversations Around Prevention

December 16, 2020

  • Hon. Terre Fratesi, Shelby County Juvenile Court
  • Erica Glynn, Shelby County Department of Children’s Services Community Advisory Board
  • Chanda Dunn, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, University of Tennessee Heath Science Center, Center for Developmental Disabilities 
  • Dr. Bernard Williams, Chief Probation Officer at Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County


Topic 2: Difficult Conversations Around Intervention and Treatment 

January 20, 2021

  • Hon. Kathy Delgado, Colorado District Court Judge
  • Katherine Gregg, Assistant County Attorney, Adams County Attorney’s Office
  • Wendy Lewis, Respondent Parent Counsel


Topic 3: Difficult Conversations around Harm Reduction

February 17, 2021

  • Hon. Kim McGinnis, Ph.D., Chief Judge, Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court
  • Jill Campoli, LPCC, CCTP
  • Dawn DeSmet, M.S.


Topic 4: Difficult Conversations around Preventing Overdose and Death 

March 17, 2021

  • Hon. Felice Kerr, Family Court State of Delaware
  • Ann Pedrick, Delaware Child Death Review Commission
  • Bridget Buckaloo, Delaware Perinatal Cooperative


Topic 5: Difficult Conversations Around Recovery

April 21, 2021

  • Magistrate Sherry Hartzler, Allen County Superior Court – Family Recovery Court
  • Maja Grgic, Family Recovery Court Supervisor, Allen County Dept. of Child Services
  • Hillary Knipstein, Family Recovery Court Attorney, Allen County Dept. Child Services