On Tuesday, July 16, NADCP conference attendees gathered together for an energetic Kick-Off to a full day of meetings with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Special guest host Alonzo Bodden kept the crowd in stitches while an incredible line-up of speakers drove home the message of the day: Drug Courts Save!



Comedian Alonzo Bodden revved up the audience of Drug Court Professionals and Graduates from across the country before their big day on Capitol Hill. He also reminded attendees that Drug Courts are a bipartisan solution:  “Another thing about Drug Courts, they reach across the aisle so that Democrats and Republicans can actually agree on something!”



L to R: Comedian Alonzo Bodden brings the house down to open the Kick-Off. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) enjoys the show.

All Rise Ambassador Matthew Perry was on hand to let attendees know that he would be joining them on Capitol Hill. “Thank you for all the incredible life saving work you do and I am very honored to be here and look forward to seeing you in the halls of Congress today.”



L to R: All Rise Ambassador Matthew Perry reiterates the message for the crowd. Attendees share a laugh.

Former Congressman Jim Ramstad gave words of wisdom, offering his perspective from nearly twenty years in Congress.  “In your meetings today with Congress Members and Senators, tell them Drug Courts save lives, save taxpayer dollars, save families, save veterans and reduce recidivism,” he said.



L to R: Former Congressman Ramstad fires up the crowd. The house is packed for the Hill Day Kick-Off.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sang the praises of Drug Courts, telling the audience that they were going to Capitol Hill from a position of strength. “When you are asked about it, give them the numbers," she said. "Drug courts save an average of six-thousand dollars per person and that should be music to their ears.”



L to R: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urges attendees to tell their Members the facts on Drug Courts. The crowd loves the message.

And the event wouldn’t have been complete without hearing from individuals whose lives were saved because so many Drug Court professionals have carried the message to Capitol Hill that Drug Courts must be expanded.



L to R: Victoria, a Drug Court Graduate, is joined onstage by her daughter. "I went from being a hopeless dope fiend to a dopeless hope fiend,” she said. Jalen, joined by his Mom, tells the crowd, "Juvenile Drug Court put me on the path to success."

After the Kick-Off, attendees stormed the Hill for hundreds of meetings with Members of Congress. They marched the halls of Congress to tell their Members that Drug Courts are a win-win: They save lives and money.



L to R: A delegation from West Virginia meets with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA). Missouri hits the Hill.


All Rise Ambassador Matthew Perry, singing sensation Daniel Powter and NADCP CEO West Huddleston made the rounds, meeting with key Senators to urge them to continue strong investments in Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts.


Matthew Perry and Daniel Powter carry the message that Drug Courts Save to Capitol Hill


Perry is a veteran of these meetings but for Daniel Powter, this was the first time he had championed the cause to Members of Congress. But he looked like an old pro as he told them of the life-saving work of Drug Courts.



From L to R: Daniel Powter pushes for more Drug Court funding. NADCP CEO West Huddleston meets with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).


It was a historic day for Drug Courts. One that will result in more lives saved, more families reunited, more juveniles put back on track, safer roads from drunk drivers and more veterans getting connected to the benefits and the treatment that they have earned.

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