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New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment 2020: Social Inequalities and Injustices that Impact our Work

The central theme and purpose of the Criminal Justice System is to deliver an efficient, effective, fair, justice process that benefits society, restores the victim and holds the offender accountable. The criminal justice system has the unique ability to influence a person shortly after an arrest, and thus persuade that client to enter and remain in treatment. Drug courts require judges to step beyond their traditionally independent arbiter roles and develop new expertise. Prosecutors, defense counsel and probation authorities participate in the design of, screening, eligibility, and case-processing policies and procedures to guarantee that due process rights and public safety needs are served. However, within the structure of government and the criminal justicesystem, personally held biases and prejudice have permeated laws and regulations that purposefully limit, deny and obstruct a groups equal access to the same opportunities and resources that are shared among others in society. Inter social treatment and unequal government regulation have been historically inescapable in our society. Inequality of condition and inequality of opportunity mix together wealth, prestige and power and is given to the decision makers in the criminal justice system and intentionally or unintentionally create conditions for social injustices. In this workshop we will discuss the co-dependent issues of Intersocial treatment and unequal government regulation and the impact it has on our work with clients and operating procedures of both the treatment and criminal justice system components. This is a hands-on experiential workshop for all participants. Objectives: Participants will: • Identify the unique factors that explicit and implicit conditions of social injustices have had on their work as professionals. • Analyze the personal effects of inequalities and Injustices on the behavioral health and treatment well being of clients.

Starts: Aug. 24, 2020 2:00 pm
Ends: Aug. 24, 2020 5:15 pm
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