JRSA Forum, September 2013, Volume 31, Number 3
September 2013  Vol. 31, No. 3



Consent Decrees and Juvenile Corrections in Arizona: What Happens When Oversight Ends

NICS: Challenges to Mental Health Record Sharing and Recent Congressional Activity


JRSA Hosts Track of Sessions at National Forum

JRSA and NCJA Announce Formal Affiliation


New SAC Directors Appointed in Maine and New Mexico

AK - AJSAC Reports on Varied Activities

AZ - SAC and State Partners Honored for Work on Prescription Drug Abuse

IL - Offers New Criminal History and Recidivism Tool and Evaluates Adult Redeploy Program

IA - CJJP Collects School Incident Referral Data to Examine Problem Behaviors

MS - MSSAC Studies Court Attitudes Toward Defendants with Mental Illness

NY - SAC Provides Data Support to Youth Justice Teams

OH - New Research Brief Looks at MJTFs, ARDs, and Victim Recantation

SC - SAC Publishes Studies on Linking Criminal Justice Records, Drug Activity, and Domestic and Sexual Violence

WV - SAC Works With Law Enforcement to Study the Impact of Drug Market Intervention in Charleston & Studies Ways to Improve NIBRS Data

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


Phillip Stevenson, President
Stephen Haas, Vice President
Janeena J. Wing, Secretary/ Treasurer
Lisa Shoaf, Delegate
David Olson, Appointed Delegate
Jackie Vandercook, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Sandra Dayton, Director of Finance and Administration
Shawn Flower, Research Associate
Karen F. Maline, Director of Member Services
Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

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Arizona - SAC and State Partners Honored for Work on Prescription Drug Abuse

The Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative received the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award during the National Criminal Justice Association National Forum held in Chicago last month. Phillip Stevenson, Arizona SAC Director, accepted the award on behalf of the numerous partners involved in the program, including the Arizona SAC. The award recognizes out-standing criminal justice programs that showcase successful promising practices in criminal justice. The programs selected must address important criminal justice issues; demonstrate effectiveness based upon the program's stated goals; be a good example of the use of federal funds to initiate a program that is subsequently supported through state and local appropriations or is self-sustaining; and be easy to replicate in other jurisdictions.

Phillip Stevenson, Arizona SAC Director (l.), receives
Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from
John Blackburn, Jr., NCJA Board Member and
Executive Director, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

The Initiative employs a multi-systemic approach to reduce misuse of prescription medication and the associated health and crime-related consequences. The program is currently underway in three pilot counties (i.e., Yavapai, Pinal, Graham/Greenlee) and includes five main strategies: 1) reduce illicit acquisition and diversion of prescription medications; 2) educate prescribers and pharmacists about best practices for controlled substances; 3) enhance prescription drug practice and policies in law enforcement; 4) increase public awareness about the risks of prescription drug misuse; and 5) build resilience in children and adults. Once feasibility and efficacy are established, the plan is to replicate the program statewide.

Thus far, enrollment in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has collectively increased across the three counties for prescribers (44%), pharmacists (130%) and law enforcement (103%). Placement of 29 permanent drop boxes throughout the three counties has resulted in the collection of approximately 500 lbs of unused medication each month Numerous trainings have been held in each pilot site for law enforcement, prescribers and pharmacists. Thus far, 808 adults and 7,751 youth have received a research-based curriculum (Rx360) that raises awareness about the risks of prescription drug misuse and promotes proper storage and disposal of medication. The curriculum efforts have been complimented by media coverage and numerous community events that are estimated to have reached over 300,000 people across the three counties.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.azcjc.gov/acjc.web/rx/default.aspx.