Strategic Plan

Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals

Washington Association of Drug Courts

Five Year Strategic Plan

2019 – 2024

Introduction: The Strategic Plan reflects the commitment of the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals (WSADCP) and Washington State Association of Drug Courts (WADC) Board to champion proven strategies within the judicial system that empower people to change their lives.

Vision: All eligible persons charged with a crime in Washington State have access to a high-quality therapeutic court.

Mission: To promote and provide leadership for therapeutic courts throughout Washington State.

Goal 1: Promote best practices for all therapeutic courts in Washington.

Goal 2: Strengthen our ability to provide services and resources to therapeutic courts in Washington.

Goal 3: Strengthen our advocacy efforts for therapeutic courts across the state.

Goal 4: Expand support and membership to all therapeutic courts in Washington.

Strategies by goal:

Goal 1: Promote best practices for all therapeutic courts in Washington.

Strategies:

  1. Provide training and support for the use of best practices at all WSADCP training conferences.
  2. Encourage the use of evidence based and best practices in all therapeutic courts.
  3. Establish a subcommittee composed of former therapeutic court participants to provide participant input on standards of care and best practices.
  4. Consider establishing a mentoring program for new therapeutic courts and court professionals.
  5. Consider establishing a credentialing and/or affiliation policy and process for therapeutic courts in Washington.

Goal 2: Strengthen our ability to provide services and resources to therapeutic courts in Washington.

Strategies:

  1. Continue to provide high quality training for therapeutic court professionals across the state.
  2. Improve membership tracking and provide opportunities for members to communicate with each other.
  3. Design a new website to provide information resources for therapeutic court professionals.
  4. Develop and share advocacy resources such as a speaker’s bureau, talking points, handouts, PowerPoint shows, etc. for use in presentations, especially those who are starting a new therapeutic court.

Goal 3: Strengthen our advocacy efforts for therapeutic courts across the state.

Strategies:

  1. Continue to represent the interests of therapeutic court professionals on the CJTA panel and with DBHR
  2. Continue legislative advocacy to expand resources (including CJTA) and capacity for therapeutic courts, treatment, and recovery support services throughout the state.
  3. Support increased capacity for standardized data collection and analysis to measure the effectiveness of therapeutic courts, especially for high-risk/high-need offenders.
  4. Create messaging to distinguish therapeutic courts from other diversion programs to demonstrate the unique strengths of the model for appropriate offenders.
  5. Consider organizing a legislative advocacy day for therapeutic court professionals.
  6. Create a WSADCP legislative or public policy subcommittee.

Goal 4: Expand support and membership to all therapeutic courts in Washington.

Strategies:

  1. Expand legislative advocacy to include all therapeutic courts.
  2. Recruit representation from other therapeutic courts to WSADCP board.
  3. Encourage collaboration between therapeutic courts within a jurisdiction and throughout the state.
  4. Seek higher participation and representation from tribal therapeutic courts.

Next Review: February 2022