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Addiction, Recovery, and the Justice System

Clackamas, OR

Building a recovery-oriented system of care for justice-involved individuals in Minnesota

The Vision: To bring hope and healing to individuals impacted by addiction and involvement with the Minnesota Justice System, starting with a four-part series of lunch-and-learn events, hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. These educational events are specifically aimed at helping professionals in the Minnesota Justice System better understand the disease of addiction and the multiple, evidence-based pathways to treatment and long-term recovery. Through education, awareness, and connection, we can shift the trajectory of people’s lives and help them in engage in treatment earlier, come to hope and healing sooner, and reduce their involvement in the justice system.

Intended audience: judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and others who encounter individuals in the justice system who are experiencing legal issues related to addiction


Session descriptions:

SESSION 1: Understanding Addiction and Trauma

Friday, September 10, noon-1:30 | WATCH ON-DEMAND | FORM TO COMPLETE FOR CLE CREDIT

The first session will examine the neurobiology and neuroscience of addiction and trauma and explain why people who struggle with addiction continue to make the “choices” they make. Participants will learn that what is commonly called relapse is really a recurrence of symptoms of a chronic disease, and not necessarily a moral failing. This understanding offers individuals who work in the justice system a new and more accurate perspective in situations that can be challenging.

Featuring opening remarks from Justice Anne McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court and Dr. Joe Lee, CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Steve Delisi, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

SESSION 2: Understanding Multiple Pathways of Treatment

Friday, September 17, noon-1:30 | WATCH ON-DEMAND | FORM TO COMPLETE FOR CLE CREDIT

The second session explores stages of change and how to recognize where a person is in his or her readiness to begin the recovery process. The recovery process, which often times begins with treatment, is different for every person. Participants will learn that when they interface with someone with a substance use disorder, they are never neutral -- they are either moving that person toward recovery, or away from it and a trauma informed approach can help individuals begin the process of change. Participants will learn how to meet people where they are in early stages, and have empathic and compassionate conversations that help motivate people to get started.

Featuring opening remarks from Judge Nicole Starr, Ramsey County District Court and Janet Carlson, Founder of Sober Justice. Keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Emily Brunner, Regional Director of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Board of Directors and Consultant at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Session 3: Understanding the Continuum of Care

Friday, September 24, noon-1:30 | WATCH ON-DEMAND | FORM TO COMPLETE FOR CLE CREDIT 

In this third session, we’ll discuss the continuum of care in Minnesota for substance use disorders, the challenges of system navigation for those who are seeking help, how we can set people up for success, and what the future holds. There are multiple pathways that people can take to achieve lifelong recovery, and we’ll hear from some who have experienced both success and barriers in their own lives, and as professionals who work within the care system, as well as hearing from representatives from Minnesota’s recovery community organizations, treatment and recovery resources.

Featuring opening remarks from Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Keynote presentation delivered by Wendy Jones, Executive Director of Minnesota Recovery Connection; John Magnuson, Executive Director of Minnesota Association for Resources in Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) and Dr. Peter Hayden, CEO of A Turning Point.

Session 4: Understanding Hope and Recovery


During this final session in the series, Jeremiah Gardner will moderate a panel discussion with people with lived experience in recovery whose journey has intersected with the Minnesota Justice System. Their stories will bring the series together in an impactful way, shedding light on challenges the system presented and how we can remove barriers to ensure people are set up for long-term success.

Panel discussion moderated by Jeremiah Gardner, Director of Communications and Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Panelists include Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney; Suzula Bidon, attorney and recovery advocate. Others to be announced.

Continuing Education Credits

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, this educational series is offered at no cost to participants.

This webinar series has been approved for 6.0 standard continuing legal education (CLE) credit hours, including both live and on-demand viewing. You may use the following event IDs to locate the series.

  • Live Attendance: CLE Event Code - 409868

  • On-Demand Viewing: CLE Event Code – 412161

Questions? Please contact Jessi Milkey.

Past Events


Thank you to all who attended Addiction, Recovery and the Oregon Justice System in November and December 2020. During the series, over 450 legal professionals, providers and community members gathered virtually to learn about substance use disorder, treatment and the continuum of resources offered across the state of Oregon. Through the engaging dialogue offered by our presenters and panelists, an important conversation was started for legal professionals looking to offer support and guidance to individuals experiencing substance use disorder whose journeys have intersected with the law. You can watch previous sessions on-demand here:

Session Links:

Session 1: Understanding Addiction and Trauma | click here to watch
Session 2: Understanding Multiple Pathways to Treatment | click here to watch
Session 3: Understanding the Continuum of Care | click here to watch
Session 4: Understanding Hope and Recovery | click here to watch




Thank you to our partners and sponsors for making this series possible. 




The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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