Northeast Nebraska Drug Court & Norfolk YMCA: A Shared Mission in Change

Northeast Nebraska Drug Court & Norfolk YMCA: A Shared Mission in Change

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Drug courts represent a highly structured, intensive form of community supervision. They utilize a combination of treatment and justice based interventions to promote change.  Encouraging pro-social, healthy activity and engagement is important when it comes to supporting long-term, behavioral change among program participants.  One example of this is exercise and physical activity. 

Beyond the benefits it poses for an individual’s physical health, exercise offers a number of benefits in terms of mental well-being including self-care and stress coping.  Research has shown exercise to have added benefits for individuals in recovery:  sustained exercise programs hold significant potential in reversing the deficits of methamphetamine use on the brain. 

In January 2020, the Northeast Nebraska Drug Court partnered with the Norfolk YMCA recognizing their shared missions for strengthening communities and delivering positive change.  The goal is to encourage positive lifestyles and pro-social engagement by providing a safe environment for participating in healthy activities.  All participants of the Northeast Nebraska Drug Court are provided memberships to the Norfolk YMCA.  More than just a membership, these participants are provided an individualized experience to better meet their needs.  They first meet with a trainer to discuss their personal goals and learn what the facility has to offer.  Trainers perform routine follow-ups with the participants to ensure they are on track to meet their goals.   As an added incentive, upon completion of the program graduates receive a one-year membership to the YMCA free of charge. 


Submitted by Matthew McManigal,  Program Coordinator,  Northeast Nebraska Drug Court