MATCP is a 501c4 nonprofit, founded by the first drug and sobriety court members. The first drug court in Michigan was started in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.
The Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) was founded in 1996 and held its 1st annual conference for treatment court personnel in 1999. In 2017, MATCP's 18th Annual Conference in Novi, Michigan attracted 760 treatment court professionals from across the state.
MATCP provides educational training to individual teams one-on-one and at its conference; serves as a voice for
treatment courts in the state and federal legislature; and works with the private sector and general public on educating
and advancing treatment courts.
Much of our work in the last 12 months has been devoted to creating solutions for addressing the opiate abuse and heroine epidemic. MATCP Board and staff members have met with physicians groups, legislators and state agency's. In August, our Board President, Hon. Geno Salamone, was one of several board members that attended a regional conference in Ohio. Treatment court representatives and state agency employees from 9 states gathered in Cincinnati to create a regional strategy for coping with opiate and heroin abuse problems. In Michigan, Judge Linda Davis, MATCP board member, is chairing the Governor's Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse Commission. All of these efforts have created a foundation upon which the dialogue with all of the stakeholders and formulate the policies and initiatives necessary to quell this terrible epidemic.