National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)
Created in August 2017, the NJOTF's primary focus is to make recommendations to courts at every level to support the judiciary in helping individuals successfully recover from opioid use disorder and lead drug-free lives.
NJOTF Opioid Resource Center A repository of current best practices, policies, research, statistics, podcasts, and educational materials on addressing opioids in the courts.
Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative Judicially-led efforts in the Appalachia/Midwest region.
To inform and prioritize the work of the Task Force, the eight-member executive committee led by co-chairs Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and Tennessee State Court Administrator Deborah Taylor Tate distributed a nationwide survey in 2017 which revealed six major needs: 1. state opioid plans: 2. the impact of the epidemic on courts; 3. court interventions for adults, juveniles and families; 4. treatment interventions; 5. specialty court/docket interventions; and, 6. funding.
Shortly thereafter, the executive committee developed five principles for state court systems to use as a point of reference in addressing the crisis, and through numerous informational briefs, bench cards, presentations, and videos found in the NJOTF Resource Center for Courts, the Task Force has addressed each of the six needs to aid state courts in their battle against opioids.