• Are you looking for alternative strategies in responding to alcohol and substance abusers and addicts on tribal lands?
  • Would you like specific training to integrate the Drug Court model with your tribal traditions and develop a holistic approach within the tribal justice system?


Today, I am still sober! Words cannot describe how my life has been changed for the good. I am a Proud Sober Yavapai Man who has regained hope and enjoys a life of sobriety. ~Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Graduate

The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Planning Initiative (THWCPI) is designed to assist jurisdictions in the planning and development of Tribal Healing to Wellness Court programs. NDCI staff and a cadre of treatment court practitioners work with planning teams to shape programs, develop policy and procedure manuals, and build team unity.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in partnership with the NDCI, developed the content of each THWCPI program. In offering training and technical assistance through THWCPI, BJA demonstrates a commitment to working with local jurisdictions to prevent and control substance abuse and crime. A representative from NDCI and an expert practitioner from within the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court system will attend all THWCPI events.
Using THWCPI, NDCI will serve up to 5 jurisdictions. Once capacity is reached, NDCI will place jurisdictions on a wait-list and accept them into THWCCPI as space becomes available. Funding for THWCPI is contingent on the availability and amount of that fiscal year’s funding for the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant program.
Selected jurisdictions will participate in a facilitated 6-month planning process. Each jurisdiction will be required to complete pre-training worksheets, participate in pre-training webinars, attend two 2-day training programs, maintain routine correspondence with program staff, and submit a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court implementation plan or draft policy and procedure manual. NDCI will notify jurisdictions of training dates and locations upon the acceptance.  Each two day session has been designed to familiarize participants with the building blocks of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.
Training Topics
  • The 10 Key Components of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
  • Development of Drug Court Structure, Target Population, Entry Process, Phases and Court Requirements
  • Psychopharmacology, Treatment Continuum of Care, Drug Testing, and Responding to Participant Behavior
  • Community Supervision, Ethics and Confidentiality, and Sustainability
Application Process
To apply, each jurisdiction must complete the online application form and complete the NDCI/BJA Commitment Form. Email the NDCI/BJA Commitment Form to Bonnie Greenslade Training Coordinator, at
Team Member Roles and Responsibilities
To participate in THWCPI, each community must identify eight individuals representing the following disciplines to form a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court planning team:
  • Wellness Court coordinator
  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense counsel
  • Treatment provider
  • Community supervision representative
  • Law enforcement
  • Evaluator/researcher
  • Tribal Elder
  • Tribal Council Representative
Required Commitment
BJA's investment in this training initiative is dependent upon active participation of all approved THWCPI team members. In addition to completing the pre-training webinar all required team members must attend the entire two 2-day training programs, team members must work with project staff throughout the planning process and complete a number of pre- and post-training activities at their home jurisdiction.  Upon acceptance into the training program, each participating team member must commit to the following:
  • Attend both two 2-day training sessions 
  • Actively participate in all discussions and training breakouts
  • Identify an appropriate substitute if the need arises
  • Complete all homework assignments and webinars.
  • Respond to all requests for information
  • Sign a letter of commitment
In addition, the Wellness Court coordinator must serve as the team point of contact for all THWCPI coordination activities. The coordinator will ensure all relevant information is disseminated to team members in a timely fashion, respond to requests for information, and coordinate with all THWCPI staff and faculty.
THWCPI participants will have regular contact with NDCI during the course of the 6-month planning process. Upon acceptance into the training program, each participating team member and/or agency must sign a letter of commitment that includes the following information:
  • Agreement that approved team member will attend the required training in its entirety
  • Agreement that all team members will complete the pre-training webinars including pre-and-post test.
  • Agreement to complete the pre-training homework sheets.
Jurisdictions that are unable or unwilling to fully participate in THWCPI may forfeit their eligibility for future NDCI-BJA training events.
Training Costs
There are no costs associated with the training.  However, each team is required to provide local training space to host two 2-day trainings, at no cost to NDCI.  NDCI requests that the training site have a projector and screen.  If unable to provide a projector and screen, this will not preclude your team from receiving the training.   Each approved jurisdiction is requested to provide to NDCI staff a hotel recommendation near the training site. 

Contact Us

For further information regarding the THWCPI application process and training program, please contact us:

Carolyn Hardin

Senior Director