CEO Message

NPAMC: Our Focus and the Road Ahead

It’s been a great two years! Since NPAMC’s founding in 2008, we’ve held five meetings, and, with the help of over 150 participants from dozens of state and federal agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we’ve generated four sets of consensus statements and built a national consensus on the need for Smart Justice programming. We greatly appreciate all of you who made this possible. We’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s a long way to go and the future promises to be even more exciting.

We are continuing our work with South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley to maximize the 24/7 Sobriety Project’s potential. General Jackley is committed to incorporating treatment protocols, adding efficiencies, and otherwise improving the already successful model created by former Attorney General Larry Long. We also are continuing to advocate for the proliferation of the DWI/Drug Courts supported by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Judge Steve Alm’s Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program.

We are partnering with the Institute for Behavior and Health and the National District Attorneys Association to create a model DUI law that encompasses many of the consensus- and evidence-based concepts and solutions we’ve discussed during the past year and half. The model will be unveiled for public comment this winter. Once the model is finalized, we’ll present it around the country and begin the hard work of implementation where possible. We’ll also draft similar provisions or programs addressing other crimes and offenses.

We plan to publish a monograph on Smart Justice this Winter. The monograph will contain articles on the impact of chronic alcohol misuse and the importance of long term abstinence to facilitating rehabilitation, Smart Justice concepts, the consensus statements, and the three model programs written by internationally known and respected experts in the field.

NPAMC’s goals are simple yet extraordinary: re-engineer the way our entire justice system tackles alcohol misuse and crime. The road ahead is full of opportunities and focused on taking ideas, papers, and concepts and turning them into real-world, implementable, sustainable programs that do just that.

Stephen K. Talpins
Chief Executive Officer
National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime