Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Planning Initiative

Applications for 2020 Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Planning Initiative trainings are now closed. We invite you to join the waitlist.

The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Planning Initiative (THWCPI) is a FREE training designed to integrate the drug court model with tribal traditions to develop a holistic approach to substance use disorders within the tribal justice system.
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 a 3-day training program, maintain routine correspondence with program staff, and submit an tribal healing to wellness court implementation plan and draft policy and procedure manual. NDCI will notify jurisdictions of training dates and locations upon their acceptance. The 3-day onsite training program has been designed to educate participants with the building blocks of tribal healing to wellness courts and develop a solid implementation plan.


To participate in THWCPI, each community must identify ten individuals representing the following disciplines to form a planning team:

  • Wellness court coordinator
  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense counsel
  • Treatment provider
  • Community supervision representative
  • Law enforcement
  • Evaluator/researcher
  • Tribal elder
  • Tribal council representative

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 3-day training program, 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 a three-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.

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