New council for treatment courts


Molly Justice
Communications Director
National Center for State Courts

New council set to expand education, training for nation’s treatment courts

Williamsburg, Va., Sept. 2, 2021 — State court leaders have created the Council of State Treatment Court Coordinators, a group focused on improving the performance of treatment courts nationwide.

The council formalizes efforts to advise state court leaders and funders on initiatives related “problem-solving” treatment courts, which address specific issues or populations like mental health, substance abuse and veterans.

The council, which met for the first time last month at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference, was created by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). It will make recommendations to CCJ/COSCA’s Behavioral Health Committee, and its status as a chartered group will be to inform and make recommendations to the Behavioral Health committee on criminal justice policy and promote best practices in treatment courts nationwide.

The council’s inaugural executive board includes members from nine states and is led by Chair Noreen Plumage, South Dakota’s director of Problem Solving Courts; and Vice Chair Dennis Reilly, New York’s statewide drug court coordinator.

The other members include:

  • Richard “Gray” Barton, director, Office of Problem Solving Courts, Maryland
  • Taylor Jones, executive director, Council of Accountability Court Judges, Georgia
  • Alicia Johnson, court supervised treatment program manager, Wyoming
  • Kyle Gustafson, statewide problem solving court coordinator, Colorado
  • Robert Mitchell, senior statewide program manager, New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Scott Ronan, state treatment court coordinator, Idaho
  • Tammy Westcott, senior program manager, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.