to the California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation

…helping communities unite together to improve the quality of life for children of addicted parents; dedicated to stronger families, resilient children, healthier communities and increased public safety

est. October 1, 2010

GuideStar-Exchange-Gold-ParticipantThe California Collaborative Justice Courts (CCJC) Foundation is a statewide fundraising, 501-c-3 organization whose purpose is to  address the unfunded material poverty of individuals currently under the supervision of California’s collaborative justice courts through a public-private partnership in order to maximize the number of people who successfully graduate.

California Counties with Collaborative Justice Courts as of October, 2015

We partner with California’s collaborative justice courts to keep people out of prison and jail and in treatment long enough for lasting sobriety to root in their lives

What is really exciting is the good our Local Fund Committees accomplish on behalf of people with addiction disease in these judicially-supervised treatment programs:

  • A hearing device for a participant who did not have Medi-Cal or other health insurance,
  • Utility installation fees for a new drug-free home when other resources were not available,
  •  College textbooks when educational assistance was not available or adequate,
  • Cell phone minutes to make required calls
  • Baseball tournaments,
  • Thanksgiving dinners,
  •  Gang tattoo removal costs,
  •   GED exam fees,
  • Equine –assisted therapy,
  • Bicycle repairs,
  • Children’s clothing,
  • Transportation assistance to enable participants to attend treatment, parenting classes, school and doctor-related appointments on behalf of children and drug-testing appointments as required including vehicle repair or registration, restoration of driver’s license fees, public transportation costs

Your support makes our work possible.  Thank you!

Donate Now GraphicHEROES OF THEIR OWN LIVES: This effort is a tribute to the women and men, girls and boys, from youth to elderly, who have progressed on the journey from addiction to sobriety, disease to wellness, using the way-station of  a collaborative justice court program to make their way and achieve and sustain  their success. Read some of their stories.

Thank You-1Donors and Local Fund Committee members are the best!Donate Now GraphicJudge Dave Nelson has worked with the Mendocino County Friends of Drug Court fund for the past ten years. Here is how he describes that experience:

Our local organization, the Friends of Drug Court (FDC), provides another tool in the tool kit we use to help the participants in our drug courts achieve success. The grants provided by the FDC to help clients are not incentives as such, and are not handed out by the drug court judges. But they are an integral part of a system of rewards and encouragement that helps people overcome barriers and change their negative self -image.

So many of the recipients are awed by the fact that the drug court community cares about them enough to provide help with clothes for kids, car maintenance or college books. They slowly accept the fact that they have value because others value them in spite of their record of substance abuse and crime.

The referrals to FDC come from the treatment staff, probation and the court drug court staff. The judge is also aware of the opportunity and often reminds the participants of the availability of the grants. The FDC is a non-profit that functions separately from the court process but it exists to support the drug courts — the FDC Advisory Board has historically included a judge and a therapeutic courts administrator to foster cooperation between the two entities.

The FDC has been successful in enriching the drug court experience and increasing the chances that participants will succeed in drug court and life.

The CCJC Foundation focuses on the long, difficult path to sustained recovery from substance abuse and addiction, one person, in the criminal justice system, at a time.

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Incentives and non-profits panel 2016 1Judge Richard Vlavianos, Deb Cima, Judith Guthrie, Dianne Marshall and Dr. Shannon Carey tackle the critical issue of Fund Raising and Ethical Considerations at the 2016 National Association of Drug Court Professionals annual conference in Anaheim.

Do review this power point presentation to clarify these issues critical for those working within the criminal justice system.  Partnering with a local fund committee under the care of the CCJC Foundation is a dynamic way to assure unfunded needs do not become hurdles in the way of success graduation for your collaborative court participants.

Radio tower imageHear it for yourself!

Women’s Voices: Click here to listen to a Blake More with KZYX interview Paddy Michalski, Mendocino County Drug Court Coordinator and  Dianne Marshall, Foundation Board President

Imagine a Collaborative Courtroom: Click here to hear Marianna Caciatorre’s interview of Dianne Marshall, President, CCJC Foundation Board of Directors “Bread for the Journey” radio show.

Earlier on Larry Hagman made a film about drug court programs’ success and gave us permission to share it with you:


Don’t forget that we can only do this work with your support…

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Collaborative Justice Court Programs include and are not limited to Adult Drug Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Dependency Drug Courts, Homeless Courts,  Veterans Courts, Re-Entry Courts, Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and Campus Drug Courts. For detailed information about California’s collaborative justice courts, click here!