Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse Joins National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors

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Judge Barrasse will serve on DWI Court and Veterans Treatment Court Committees. In October, Judge Barrasse joined actor Matthew Perry in Washington, DC for a congressional briefing on drug courts and veterans treatment courts.

Judge Barrasse speaks about Veterans Treatment Courts at a Congressional Briefing as Actor Matthew Perry looks on

In joining NADCP’s esteemed Board of Directors I look forward to continuing the effort to put a Drug Court within reach of every person in need,” said Judge Barrasse.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is proud to announce that the honorable Michael Barrasse of the 45th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors. Judge Barrasse was elected to chair the Board’s DWI Committee and serve on the Veterans Treatment Court Committee.

“We are honored to welcome Judge Barrasse to the NADCP Board of Directors,” said incoming Board Chair Judge Robert Rancourt. “As one of this nation’s most respected treatment court judges, he will bring invaluable expertise and guidance as we look to further expand these programs throughout the United States. Judge Barrasse serves the citizens of Pennsylvania with integrity and we are fortunate to have a judge of his caliber joining our team.”

As a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors, Judge Barrasse recently travelled to Washington, DC to speak at a briefing in conjunction with the House of Representatives Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus to discuss Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts. Judge Barrasse joined actor Matthew Perry in urging Congress to fund Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts. Following the briefing he met with Representative Patrick Meehan (R-PA) to discuss Veterans Treatment Court legislation.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Barrasse served three terms as District Attorney of Lackawanna County as well as serving as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and senior trial Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Judge Barrasse is currently responsible for the Administration of the Criminal Docket and presides over several treatment court programs including Adult Drug Court, Family Dependency Treatment Court, DUI Court, Re-entry Court, Veterans Treatment Court, and Co-occurring Court. In addition, Judge Barrasse serves as a Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute, and helped develop the nation’s first Veterans Treatment Court training curriculum as part of the National Drug Court Institute’s Veterans Curriculum Committee. He is a past member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Board on Adult Treatment Courts and a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals.

“The National Association of Drug Court Professionals is an outstanding organization that is truly changing the face of criminal justice in this country,” said Judge Barrasse. “Drug Courts are the most effective criminal justice program for saving lives, saving money and cutting crime. In joining NADCP’s esteemed Board of Directors I look forward to continuing the effort to put a Drug Court within reach of every person in need.”

Drug Courts now number over 2,600 and are located in every U.S. state and territory, including over 60 programs in Pennsylvania. Nationally, Drug Courts have been demonstrated to reduce crime by up to 50% and save up to $27 for every $1 invested. Approximately 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free following completion of the program.

About National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

Drug Courts combine rigorous drug treatment and accountability to compel and support drug-using offenders to change their lives. After 22 years of innovation, there are now over 2,600 Drug Courts located in all 50 states. Since 1994, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) representing over 27,000 multidisciplinary justice professionals and community leaders, has worked tirelessly at the national, state and local level to create and enhance Drug Courts. NADCP and its professional services branch, the National Drug Court Institute, have directly trained 65,440 Drug Court professionals from all fifty states and U.S. territories as well as fourteen other countries. NADCP is recognized as the experts in the field of addiction and the criminal justice system. For more information, For more information, visit http://www.AllRise.org.

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