Improving lives and outcomes through innovation, evidence, and equity

The Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts, an initiative of the Executive Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court, aims to bring innovative, evidence-based, and equitable interventions to Specialty Courts and related settings.

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In the Spotlight

Dr. Ekaterina Pivovarova

Photo Credit: Massachusetts Probation Service

Pamerson Ifill

Massachusetts Probation Service and Pamerson Ifill, Deputy Commissioner of Pretrial Services, are featured in the Bay State Banner for initiatives, which aim to decrease obstacles and ease the process for enrolling in MassHealth within courthouses and improve community member experiences with the court system by sending text message reminders about upcoming court appearances. 
In this feature, Pamerson Ifill explains, “We want courthouses and probation offices to be places where people can get services and where they’re being engaged by knowledgeable and competent staff.”
Read the full article here.

Kelley Montgomery

Feature, Lynn Probation Officer of 22 Years Reflects on Opioid Crisis, in Lynn

Kelley Montgomery, a Probation Officer at Lynn District Court, was featured on Lynn’s  In this feature, Kelley Montgomery reflects on her extensive work with over 500 people engaged with the Lynn Recovery Court during the past 22 years.
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Lynn District Court Probation Officer Kelley Montgomery is assigned to the Recovery Court. (Spenser Hasak)

Photo Credit: Lynn

Dr. Ekaterina Pivovarova
Susan James

Ayorkor Gaba & Susan James Andrew

Dr. Ayorkor Gaba co-presented with Susan James Andrew, at this year’s RISE conference. Their talk entitled, “Opioids Look Different in the Black Community,” highlighted recent data on the prevalence of opioid overdose deaths in the Black community; structural and cultural factors impacting prevention and treatment; and specialty courts’ role in addressing this growing disparity. The RISE conference annually convenes public health and public safety leaders working to expand treatment for people with substance use and mental health disorders who become involved in the justice system. Their talk was part of RISE’s Equity and Inclusion track.

Training for Recovery & Engagement in
Addiction Treatment (T.R.E.A.T) Initiative

DPH and Trial Court Seals

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), in collaboration with its partners, the Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court, the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, AdCare Educational Institute, and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine received funds from the Bureau of Justice Assistance under its Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant program, to fund a three-year training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative, the Recovery and Veterans Court TREAT Initiative – “Training for Recovery & Engagement in Addiction Treatment.”

The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the capacity of court clinicians and treatment providers working with specialty courts, with a focus on Massachusetts Adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts.

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