The Waabshki-Miigwan Drug Court Program (WMDCP) Curriculum is a forty-four week program which utilizes Odawa values and teachings to encourage the adoption of a healthy balanced lifestyle as envisioned by our ancestors, and to eliminate harmful behaviors that have caused negative consequences for our clients. WMDCP has four phases, the learning level (8 weeks), the accepting level (10 weeks), the willing level (12 weeks), and the succeeding level (14 weeks). WMDCP Clients works closely with the WMDCP Team to ensure that maximum potential is achieved.
This ten month, 4 phase program, is a compilation of 44 weekly responsibilities. We encourage our clients to focus on one week and even one day at a time. Each week’s assignments must be completed successfully before moving on to the following week.
WMDCP assignments and tasks are balanced between spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental wellness activities. Spiritual health activities include self-help meetings, daily prayer and meditation, and Twelve Step Work in either AA or the White Bison Medicine Wheel Teachings. Emotional health activities include assigned WMDCP cultural and wellness activities laid out in the WMDCP Workbook. These activities include various engaging tasks designed to instill Odawa culture as well as challenge the drug court client. Physical health activities include weekly physical exercise to be chosen by the client and negative random/scheduled drug and alcohol screens. Mental health activities are laid out in periodic therapy sessions with a substance abuse counselor on staff. Clients must simultaneously complete these weekly spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health activities in order to advance to the next week’s assignments. Failure to complete all assigned tasks can halt the client’s progress and extend the length of time until successful completion of the WMDCP.
The WMDCP is laid out in a way that is easily understood by the drug court program client. Upon acceptance into the program each client will receive a week-by-week planner, a week-by-week workbook, access to the drug court website (which includes all the materials necessary to successfully complete every assigned task), and, finally, the helpful support of the entire WMDCP team.
Every WMDCP client must essentially complete only three things:
a. All the projects and assignments laid out in the WMDCP week-by-week workbook;
b. Attendance at all assigned counseling, probation, court, and self-help meetings assigned in the WMDCP week-by-week planner; and
c. Compliance with all the WMDCP rules and regulations with an emphasis on maintaining sobriety and clean time.
When a client successfully accomplishes A, B, and C simultaneously then they advance to the next weeks curriculum. 44 successful weeks will result in graduation from the WMDCP and a fresh start on life.
The LTBB Adult Drug Court Coordinator, the LTBB Adult Probation Officer, and the assigned therapists work collaboratively to monitor and supervise each client. In addition, clients are required to appear at regular scheduled WMDCP hearings to report on progress and drawbacks to completion of program tasks and assignments. The WMDCP team members conduct weekly meetings to discuss the status of each client and make appropriate adjustments in the client’s treatment plan, as needed.
Upon successful completion of the WMDCP, it is expected that our clients will acquire the following:
a. A foundational knowledge of recovery principles;
b. A new appreciation of the benefits of living a crime free lifestyle;
c. An ability to logically and efficiently overcome life obstacles;
d. A better understanding of the Odawa culture;
e. Better overall health; and, most importantly,
f. Hope for their future