Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Foundational Training

Training for planned, new, and existing tribal healing to wellness court programs.


This training provides the foundation for successful tribal healing to wellness courts. Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the Office of Justice Programs at the the U.S. Department of Justice and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, this training is designed for wellness court programs still in the planning stages, as well as those operating without formal training and/or with significant staff turnover. The training program is offered at no cost to your jurisdiction.

Accepted programs participate in a six-month facilitated process that includes both online and in-person trainings, as well as follow-up consultation from expert training staff. At the end of foundational training, programs will have developed or improved program structures, policy and procedure manuals, and team dynamics built from the latest evidence-based and culturally competent best practices.

Before You Apply

What you need to apply:

  • A planning committee constituting a full treatment court team (at minimum: judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, court coordinator, community supervision, substance use treatment provider, law enforcement, tribal elder/community/council member, and evaluator/researcher)
  • Commitment by the full team to participate in every training step, including completion of pre-training online modules and homework, and attending the full, live training
  • One point of contact for all training coordination

What’s covered:

  • Pre-training consultation
  • Discipline-specific training
  • Selecting the right participants
  • Designing your program from arrest to graduation
  • Overview of substance use disorder and its treatment
  • Sustaining your program through the long term
  • Incorporating culturally relevant elements into your program
  • Team building and dynamics
  • And more!

Available Training Dates

Training dates are identified once your program is accepted. The application period for 2023 trainings has closed; stay tuned for opportunities to apply for 2024.


There is no cost to your jurisdiction for this training. This program is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Submit Application

The application period for 2023 trainings has closed.

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Carolyn Hardin
Chief of Training and Research, All Rise