National Association on Case Management (NACM) National Conference
It’s been a very busy month for the ADDA Justice team! From October 1-3, we attended the NACM National Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. This event gave us the opportunity to reach out to a new group of people associated with the justice system, to share with them our knowledge of the link between ADHD and their work, and to learn from them new approaches to helping our population. There representing ADDA were Kyle Dopfel (ADDA Justice Projects Director), Dr. Carol Kuprevich (Director of Community Planning, Program Development, and Training for the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health), and Ashley Biden (Associate Execute Director of the Delaware Center for Justice, partner organization on the pilot ADHD Corrections Project). Our workshop was entitled Criminal Justice & ADHD: There Are Solutions, for which the full Powerpoint can be viewed by clicking here.
National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) National Conference
On October 26th, we traveled to Nashville, TN, for the NCCHC 2013 National Conference. The NCCHC is one of the two major accreditation agencies for correctional facilities in the United States, and at their October meeting passed a new criteria for ADHD screening in juvenile facilities to be included in their standards. This is a very positive step forward for our cause, and bodes well for progress in adult correctional standards regarding ADHD in the near future! The ADDA Justice team was extremely active at this conference, which brings together correctional professionals from every corner of the nation to discuss improving the quality of health care in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. We not only led a workshop entitled Adults with ADHD: Why it Matters! (Judy Cox, Dr. Carol Kuprevich, and Dr. Janet Kramer), but also presented a poster on ADHD in Adult Corrections (Kyle Dopfel and Kristan VanDomelen) and led a morning round table discussion. The full Powerpoint for our workshop can be viewed by clicking here.