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Painting the Current Picture: A National Report Card on Drug Courts and Other Problem Solving Court Programs in the United States, Volume 1, Number 2

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This report provides summary results from the National Survey on Drug Courts and Other Problem Solving Courts conducted by the National Drug Court Institute. In addition to reporting the type and aggregate number of operational drug courts and other problem solving court programs throughout the United States, sections are dedicated to major drug court research scholarship, as well as state-specific drug court legislation. It also provides key information about drug court models, populations, and capacity, as well as the number of confirmed drug-free babies born to active female drug court participants.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Painting the Current Picture: A National Report Card on Drug Courts and Other Problem Solving Court Programs in the United States, Volume 1, Number 2 created by C. West Huddleston III, Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson (Ret.), Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., and Aaron Roussell


National Drug Court Institute

Publication Date:

May 2005

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

C. West Huddleston III
C. West Huddleston III is the Director of the National Drug Court Institute. Mr. Huddleston is a Board-Licensed Counselor with 13 years of clinial experience at the county, state, and federal levels. Previously, Mr. Huddleston worked throughout the Tennessee and Oklahoma correctional systems developing and managing substance abuse units, as well as co-developing and administering two drug courts.
Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson (Ret.)
Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson (ret.) currently serves as Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Previously, Judge Freeman-Wilson served as Attorney General of the State of Indiana, as well as a drug court judge in Gary, Indiana.
Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D.
Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., is the Director of Law and Ethics Research at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Marlowe is a lawyer and clinical psychologist who has received several research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to study the effects of drug courts and other specialized programs for drug abusing offenders.
Aaron Roussell
Aaron Roussell is a research coordinator with the National Drug Court Institute. Mr. Roussell works with federal implementation and enhancement drug court grantees to ensure that guidelines for local drug court research are implemented.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about drug court and other problem-solving court programs in the United States. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the growth of drug courts in the United States and factors related to drug court capacity.
  2. Explain emerging evidence of the effectiveness of drug courts and the role of drug courts in combating the problem of children exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero.
  3. Discuss the growth of problem solving courts and define common types currently in use.
  4. Identify state legislation and appropriations related to drug courts and list organizations that serve as resources for drug courts and other problem solving courts.


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Course Creator: Max Schwanekamp
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