A new Administration is taking office and new staff are on the horizon.  With these changes coming we must continue our efforts to speak up and out and to educate, our policy makers regarding  Substance Use and co-occurring disorders. Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery  must remain in the forefront. 

Partnering and Collaborating with each other will be critical.

Save the Date for the Next NFD Call: Wednesday January 25th

Subjects of the call include:

  •   Grandparents raising grandchildren due to their parents substance use disorders
  •   Highlights of the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction

Join us on Wednesday January 25th  from 3:00- 4:00 PM Eastern time for this call.

Our call in number is (712) 775-7100  Access code is 455615#    Everyone is welcome on this free call.

Cures Act


  • ·         Authorizes $1 billion dollars for states in grants to address addiction through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, prescription drug monitoring programs, opioid treatment programs, and other key components;
  • ·         Creates federal drug courts, which will help better serve the 6.8 million people involved in the federal criminal justice system;
  • ·         Encourages integration of care for substance use disorders with primary care for patients with mental and/or substance use disorders by making it a condition for state-level grant dollars;
  • ·         Creates a new program for alternatives to incarceration for individuals with substance use disorders;
  • ·         Reauthorizes the STOP Act (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking) to continue to address underage drinking and adds new prevention, screening, and intervention provisions;
  • ·         Increases training for prevention, treatment and recovery support workforces; and,
  • ·         Authorizes $12.5 million to strengthen community crisis response systems for substance use and mental disorders.


New Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines

Sharon LeGore participated in the development of the guidelines and is excited to share that the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)  just released “Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines.” Juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) are designed for youth with substance use disorders who come in contact with the juvenile justice system. These courts offer a way to respond to the needs of substance-using youth and to treat their complex disorders, which require specialized interventions. The new JDTC guidelines offer courts, families, and youth an evidence-based, treatment-oriented approach that emphasizes family engagement and addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health disorders experienced by many adolescents engaged with the justice system. Currently operating JDTCs will find the guidelines useful for developing strategies for reforming current practices to bring them in line with evidence-based practices. New JDTCs will find the guidelines helpful in designing their JDTC model and practices. The guidelines, an interactive map that helps users navigate through each guideline, supporting research reports, and additional resources are available here 


NFD Co-chairs:

Sharon Legore –

Shannon Crossbear -