This report provides an overview of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) work on courts and the country’s addiction crisis. The NJOTF was created by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators to lead state court efforts to address the opioid and addiction crises in the United States. This report summarizes the NJOTF’s key findings on the lack of access to evidence-based treatment, the significant impact on children and families and the recognition that the addiction crisis extends beyond opioids and can be expected to continue in some form. The report then provides recommendations for how state courts can assist in addressing the crisis by taking action in 6 key areas: judicial leadership, cross-disciplinary collaboration, improving access to evidence-based treatment and services, implementing addiction focused court programs, providing judicial education and advocating for legislation and funding. The report provides a list of all NJOTF resources with links to access materials.
Funding Source: State Justice Institute
Convening, Collaborating, Connecting: Courts as Leaders in the Crisis of Addiction
A summary report from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force on how state courts and their leaders are addressing the opioid and addiction crises