The MATCP
26th Annual Conference
Connect and Conquer
Make plans to attend the 26th Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2024
in Branson, MO

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March 26-28, 2025!!!

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Conference Speakers

Friday Closing Speaker
Thomas Gabriel – Johnny Cash’s Family Tradition Lives On!
Born in Ventura, California, to Kathy Cash (one of four daughters Johnny Cash had with first wife Vivian Liberto Cash.) Thomas Gabriel spent time touring with grandparents Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as a boy and became interested in music at an early age.
In addition to following in his family’s musical footsteps, Gabriel also followed down the path of substance use. His addictions led to a lengthy arrest record, and a number of years in prison. 
The solitude of prison provoked him to explore songwriting again, a journey that he had begun in his youth. 
After release, Thomas began paving a new path. Undoubtedly influenced by his iconic grandfather, in 2018 Gabriel began working on his debut album, Long Way Home. 
Dedicated now to telling his story in an effort to help spread awareness for those battling addiction, Thomas Gabriel continues to aim his focus on writing and releasing new music and to touring the world. 

Thursday Keynote Speaker
Chris Herren – Retired NBA Star and Founder of the Herren Project
Starting his collegiate career at Boston College, Chris transferred to Fresno State after several failed drug tests, playing for legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, known for giving second chances to players. He was named to the All-WAC first team in 1996 and 1997 before announcing that he would need miss part of the 97-98 season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder.
Chris realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and then was traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000. After suffering a season-ending injury as a Celtic, Herren went on to play in five countries including Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.
With the unwavering support of his family and friends, Chris has been sober since August 1, 2008, and he now shares his story with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others.
His recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, Basketball Junkie, the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded, and in countless local, national and international stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated, among others. Through Herren Talks, Chris has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance use disorder and wellness.
In 2011, Chris grew his vision of support for others when he founded the nonprofit Herren Project. Through the organization, Chris and his team empower schools and communities to make healthy choices, while also guiding families through recovery. In 2018, Chris also founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives.
With recognition ranging from the Boston Celtics’ Hero Among Us Award to the Faces and Voices of Recovery National Voice of Recovery Award, Chris’s incredible impact on his community continues to grow.

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Wednesday Morning Speaker
Jermaine Galloway – “Tall Cop Says Stop”

Officer Galloway’s many years of experience have taught him one thing above all else. In his words, “You can’t stop what you don’t know™.” 
That’s where Tall Cop Says Stop™ comes in. Through education, prevention and enforcement, his presentations address underage drinking and drug problems and empower you to detect these problems and fight them within your own community. 
Everyday items that you might not take a second look at will take on a new meaning once you learn about the drug culture. Officer Galloway will help you understand many things, including: New drugs Logos and other identifiers Pictures, songs and clothing connected to drugs

Wednesday Morning Speaker
Sherwin Arae – Actor/Comedian

Sherwin Arae has established himself as a comedic force, beloved for his razor – sharp wit and striking impersonations that effortlessly connect with people from all walks of life. Cutting his teeth at New York’s famed Carolines, On Broadway before taking Los Angeles by storm and claiming victory at the Hollywood Laugh Factory’s Fresh Faces contest, Sherwin has earned his stripes on stage, opening for prominent comedians and headlining shows nationwide. His versatility extends to acting, with noteworthy roles in both film and theater, and he has also shined in a national commercial. Currently based in Beverly Hills, Sherwin’s comedic ascent is on the rise, consistently delivering performances filled with belly laughs.

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Thursday Morning Speaker
Officer Tommy Norman – “Social Media Cop”
Norman is known for positive community policing. Norman’s unorthodox approach to policing includes thousands of video posts, pictures and daily interactive engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League with those that he protects and serves. He is credited for doing things like presenting 50 NLRSD students with backpacks and $50 gift cards from Shoe Carnival to purchase shoes, starting the “Shop with a Cop” program to help financially struggling students or just dancing with the children.
Norman has gained national and international attention for his unconventional methods of law enforcement. The national and international exposé of Tommy Norman came from a televised CNN News cable program on May 10, 2015, during an interview on Newsroom with its host Brooke Baldwin and her guest Atlanta activist and rapper Killer Mike. Killer Mike professed that Norman is “doing something right” and that is connecting with inner city youth, in particular minority communities of color.
He was also featured on The Today Show on November 8, 2015. This report featured some of the day-to-day activities he does with the neighborhood and specifically how he is well liked by children. Reporter Kerry Sanders has coined the term “Social Media Cop” for him.

Conference Highlights

  • Peer Track
  • Veteran’s Track
  • Trauma Training
  • Ethics Hours
  • Elimination of Bias Hours
  • POST Hours
  • Elimination of Bias Hours for Attorneys 
  • Dr. Brian Meyer
  • Dr. Ken Robinson
  • Guy Wheeler and Daryl Turpin
  • Jermaine Galloway-Tall Cop
  • Chris Herren
  • Thomas Gabriel
  • “Social Media Cop”-Tommy Norman
  • NADCP Speakers
  • SAMHSA Speakers
  • ATTC Speakers
  • Probation and Parole Topics
  • Impaired Driving Sessions
  • Judical Ethics

Exhibitor Information

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2024 Nominations
Kelly VanVleck
Unsung Hero Award

In 1993, the first Missouri Drug Court was established in Jackson County (Kansas City). Since that time, over 100 have begun operation around the State. The nominee is someone who has provided extraordinary support or activity within the local treatment court programs. The nominee neither expects nor generally receives recognition for his or her actions. The purpose of the award is to recognize people who have made a significant contribution to the local treatment court programs in Missouri.

Claire McCaskill

2024 Nominations
Claire McCaskill
Award

In 1993, the first Missouri Drug Court was established in Jackson County (Kansas City). Since that time, over 100 have begun operation around the State. The nominee is someone who has provided extraordinary support or activity within the local treatment court programs. The nominee neither expects nor generally receives recognition for his or her actions. The purpose of the award is to recognize people who have made a significant contribution to the local treatment court programs in Missouri.

Meet Your Board Member Nominee

Gary Helle, MSW, LCSW, BCD is a Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist  with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.  He is responsible for justice outreach  to  23 counties in Southeast Missouri, and 5 counties in Northeast Arkansas.  Gary assisted in the creation of the first rural multijurisdictional veterans court in the US, the Southeast MO Veterans Treatment Court, and the first federal re-entry veterans court with the Eastern District of Missouri.  He also assists with veterans who are in traditional Drug Treatment Courts throughout Southeast MO.    Prior to working for the VA, he was employed for the State of Missouri for 21 years where he served as the County Director of the Scott County Division of Family Services, Circuit Manager of the 33rd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, and the Director of Social Services for the Missouri Veterans Home.  In 2001 and 2002, he trained with the 33rd Judicial Circuit in Southeast Missouri  in their family treatment court initiative.  He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri and a Bachelors Degree from Southeast Missouri State University.  He is an adjunct instructor with the Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work at Southeast Missouri State University.  Mr. Helle has provided presentations for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals conference, Justice for Vets conference, and the Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals conferences.  

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Conference Hotel Registration

Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

Event Dates: April 9 – 12, 2024
Book By: February 25, 2024

 

Hilton Branson Convention Center

Event Dates: April 9 – 12, 2024
Book By: February 25, 2024

 

Hotel Reservations

Still looking for hotel options?  Here are some additional options around the conference venue
Hampton Inn Branson – Branson Hills
Event Dates: April 10 – 12, 2024
Hotel Address: 200 South Payne Stewart Drive, Branson, Missouri 65616

Phone Number: 417-243-7800

 

Bass Pro Shops Angler’s Lodge | Hotel and Resort in Hollister, MO
Event Dates: April 10 – 12, 2024
Hotel Address: 291 Financial Dr, Hollister, MO 65672
Phone Number: 417-239-2780 – Ask For Kent or Jed

Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites
Event Dates: April 10 – 12, 2024
Hotel Address: 403 W Main Street, Branson, Missouri 65616
Phone Number: 417-334-6464

When contacting this hotel please use the code “MATCP”

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