Welcome to the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts!


The 2016 Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts Annual Conference registration will be available on June 1st.

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Message from the President

Thank you for visiting the ILAPSC website. With 2016 now in full swing, we are finalizing our plans for the ILAPSC Annual Conference. The 4th Annual Conference will be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel (201 Broadway Avenue, Normal, Illinois) on October 6 - 7, 2016. We also offer early registration on October 5, 2016. There are a variety of hotel options available.

The Conference Fee will be $160.00/person which includes a continental breakfast Thursday and Friday, lunch on Thursday and evening receptions Wednesday and Thursday evenings (a cash bar will be available for each reception). The conference will also host a bags tournament with prizes available. The Conference Fee also includes a one-year membership in the ILAPSC. This year's itinerary includes eighteen separate breakout training sessions. As in years past, the Conference will be applying for authorization to issue continuing education credits.

The 4th Annual Conference speakers include nationally-recognized authorities in the field including:

  • Carolyn Hardin, M.P.A., Chief of Training and Research for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Dr. Jennifer Pealer, Ph.D., from the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute
  • Kayla Neuman, Wisconsin States Laboratory of Hygiene
  • Carol Fisher, Center for Court Innovation
  • Raul Almazar, R.N., M.A., Senior Consultant, SAMSHA GAINS Center

As we get closer to the conference, more information will be provided.

Thank you for your interest in our association and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

Jeffrey B. Ford, President
Illinois Problem-Solving Courts Association

Approved Problem Solving Court Standards & Certification Process
These Standards, the Certification Process including Application and the Amended Supreme Court Rule were approved by the Supreme Court in its November term. All Problem Solving Courts (adult courts as labeled in the Standards) will have to be certified by the Supreme Court by 1/1/17.

PSC Standards  Click here  

PSC Certification Process Click here  

PSC Certification Application Click here 

Amended Supreme Court Rule Click here 

Letter to membership:

I am writing to inform you of a recent amendment placed on House Bill 218. There has been discussion among some ILAPSC Board members that we should express an opinion as to the amendment defining a DUI with regard to cannabis usage.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with DUI law, there are six different ways to define the offense. Two are objective, being (a)(1) a person who is .08 or above and while driving or in actual physical control of any vehicle and (a)(6) being a person who has any amount of a drug, substance or compound in that person's breath, blood or urine which are listed in the Cannabis Control Act, Illinois Controlled Substance Act or Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.

House Bill 218 deletes the Cannabis Control Act from paragraph (a)(6) and adds paragraph (a)(7). Paragraph (a)(7) states as follows:

"The person has, within 2 hours of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle, a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration in the person's whole blood or other bodily substance as defined in paragraph 6 of subsection (a) of Section 11-501.2 of this Code. Subject to all other requirements and provisions under this Section, this paragraph (7) (6) does not apply to the lawful consumption of cannabis by a qualifying patient licensed under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act who is in possession of a valid registry card issued under that Act, unless that person is impaired by the use of cannabis."

11-501.2 (c)(6) in House Bill 1 states:

"Tetrahydrocannabinol concentration means either 15 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of whole blood or 25 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of other bodily substance."

The problem with this language in most people's minds is that the objective test of the nanograms required is 11-501(c)(7) as defined in 11-501.2 (c)(6) is not consistent with scientific principles.

Colorado and Washington have provided the most research on the issue. In a special issue of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology 2014; 38: 575-581 an article entitledAnalysis of ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Cases in Colorado from January 2011 to February 2014" authored by Sara Urfer, Jaimie Morton, Vanessa Beall, Jeanna Feldmann and Justin Gunesch of ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc., Forensic Toxicology Section, noted at p. 575.

"THC is known to impair driving. THC impairs cognition, psychomotor function, and driving performance in a dose-related manner. Highly automated driving tasks, such as road tracking control, are the most affected by THC impairment. THC has also been shown to impair performance on standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). Slight driving impairment has been seen at THC serum concentrations between 2 and 5 ng/mL, and impairment becomes most notable at THC serum concentrations between 5 and 10 ng/mL." (Footnotes omitted)

Colorado and Washington, to my knowledge, use 5 nanograms as the objective standard for a person to be DUI. Illinois wants to make that cutoff for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol to 25 nanograms.

My personal belief is that the ILAPSC should weigh-in on matters affecting our Problem-Solving Courts, their survival and best practices to help the participants. We should not weigh in on legislation such as House Bill 218. However, the ILAPSC does have a responsibility to let you, the membership know of pending legislation that we become aware of that may be of concern to you.

Jeffrey B. Ford, President
Illinois Problem-Solving Courts Association

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

2016 Sponsor Of Keynote Speaker, Raul Almazar, RN, MA, Senior Consultant, SAMHSA GAINS Center
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2016 Corporate Sponsor of ILAPSC
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Networking Sponsor
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2016 Conference Sponsor
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Sponsor for Keynote Speaker Carolyn Hardin

2016 Conference Sponsor
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2016 Conference Sponsor
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2016 Conference Sponsor

2016 Sponsor of Early Bird Gathering
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Our Mission

To promote Problem-Solving Courts in Illinois by providing education, assistance, training, and development through collaboration of behavioral health and justice systems.

Want to know more about specialty courts?

The Officers and Members of the Board of Directors of ILAPSC represent counties from throughout the State of Illinois. They serve in a variety of positions in their respective Courts including members of the judiciary, attorneys, probation officers, substance abuse and mental health professionals and members of other agencies and associations including NAMI and TASC.

Perhaps you would benefit from visiting one of several of our specialty courts throughout Illinois. We would be more than happy to help. Contact any board member for assistance in planning or implementing your specialty court.

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