HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL DRUG COURT MONTH Kentucky’s Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Statewide Services Connie M. Payne Executive Officer Tina Messer Regional Specialist
HOW KENTUCKY HAS CELEBRATED DRUG COURT MONTH • Graduations • Proclamations • Educational activities • Community events • Community service projects
1st Steps… • Review the NADCP Drug Court Month kit • Boil it down even more -- make it easy: Email theme, national grad. date; time frame; email grad. roll call & photo release forms separately • Develop a committee – local or statewide
1st Steps… • For statewide activities – choose point person to coordinate; talk with local for ideas/thoughts on a project & how to get the word out to staff & teams • As time goes on, send reminder email to document & send in all newspaper articles/ photos
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • What project/event? • what is the purpose of the project • what message do you want to get out • how will it benefit participants & community
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Date: • determine which dignitaries you “must” have in attendance (legislators; judges; local leaders) • check their calendars before selecting a date • local events/dates you can partner with? • local events/dates to avoid?
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Location: • what are the needs of the event • where will you get maximum participation/attendance • anyone who can donate or reserve the space for free?
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Think: • what will make the event flow smoothly, make guests feel welcome, get the message out, educate, etc. • is the event mandatory for DC participants • who is assigned what task
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Who can do the work: • Participants – Phase 3 or aftercare can develop plans/event from the idea through implementation • Team • Community organizations
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Timeline - set out a timeline or time-task plan • Invitations – reach out to members of Congress, local leaders, legislators to attend, kick off or conclude the event
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Alert the press: • contact newspapers, TV (including local access channels), radio, neighborhood magazines • inform media which dignitaries are attending • inform media of purpose of event • send media some basic information/ background regarding Drug Court
LOCAL EVENTS: 1st steps • Documenting the event: • determine who will take photographs, copy/find links of media coverage • determine who will submit info to NADCP • Preserving the event: • create a scrapbook so all can see how much & how often DC participants give back
SPECIFIC EVENTS (4-6 month planning) • Health fair: • Purpose – focus participants & families on physical health; educate the health-care community & community about DC • Attendees - invite public; AVOL; Health Dept. (immunizations/HIV tests); nutritionists; dentists; hospitals; etc.
SPECIFIC EVENTS (4-6 month planning) • Resource Fair: • Purpose – One-stop shopping for participants and public. People can apply for social services such as food stamps, SSI, veterans services, housing, etc… • Attendees - invite community coalitions, social services agencies, public, DC participants
SPECIFIC EVENTS (4-6 month planning) • Job Fair: • Purpose – Provide opportunities for employers to meet potential employees and vice versa • Attendees – Invite potential and current employers, career development agencies, resume writers, vocational rehabilitation, public, DC participants
SPECIFIC EVENTS (less than 3 months planning) • Volunteer projects/give backs: • Purpose – give back to the community; educate the community that addicts are not bad people • Getting started – contact the County Judge Executive or Mayor to learn of volunteer projects • Examples – recycling facilities; park clean-up after ball games/events
SPECIFIC EVENTS (less than 3 months planning) • Sponsor appreciation dinner: • Purpose - show appreciation for all sponsors do • Getting started - set date & location; participants take over planning and development • Participant picnic: • Purpose – sober fun event for the family • Getting started – invite leaders, team members, dignitaries, community partners
SPECIFIC EVENTS (less than 3 months planning) • Recovery walks: • Purpose – educate the community about addiction and Drug Court; promote a clean, healthy lifestyle • Getting started – set date & location; invite community leaders, other groups (partner with an existing walk?) • Examples – Race for Recovery; partner with Relay for Life, Kosairs Children’s Hospital
SPECIFIC EVENTS (less than 3 months planning) • Sporting events: • Purpose – demonstrate sober, healthy way to have fun • Getting started – set date & location; invite local legal community • Examples – basketball, volleyball, softball games/ tournaments
INTERNAL EVENTS • Participant stories: • Purpose – help show participants where they were & where they are now • Excellent material to make into a booklet for legislators, community leaders • Artwork: • Purpose – cathartic for the participant. Showcases the recovering person’s perspective of addiction.
INTERNAL EVENTS • Memory chain: • Purpose – help remind participants of why and/or how they remain in recovery • Photos attached to construction chain • Excellent visual impact – addiction is larger than just the participant • Book of letters: • Purpose – therapeutic exercise for the author. It serves as a message of hope and inspiration to others.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS • Disposal of Prescription Drugs: • Coordinate with local law enforcement • Speak-Outs: • Similar to domestic violence “Take Back the Night” rallies – speaking out against drug use • Invite legislators, community groups, judges • Candlelight vigil for all who have been lost to addiction (death, jail, still using)
BOTTOM LINE • Plan • Invite Congress members, legislators, community leaders • Alert the press • Document, regardless of size of the event • Preserve documentation
CONTACT INFORMATION Connie M. Payne Executive Officer, Statewide Services 502-573-2350 email@example.com Tina Messer Regional Specialist Statewide Services, Division of Drug Court 606-627-8236 firstname.lastname@example.org