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Awards Ceremony

The Hon. William G. Schma Achievement Award

The Honorable William Schma Achievement Award is MATCP's most prestigious award. 


It is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions for treatment courts in Michigan.

Established in 2004, the Schma award recognizes vision, leadership,

and commitment to the Michigan Drug Treatment Court movement.


Recognized as the Father of Drug Courts in Michigan by MATCP in 1999, Judge William Schma was Michigan’s first Drug Treatment Court judge.


A Circuit Court Judge in Kalamazoo County, Judge Schma established the nation’s first Woman’s Drug Treatment Court in June of 1992. In 1997, a Drug Treatment Court for men was started.


Judge Schma was a founding member of the MATCP, as well as the National Association of Treatment Court Professionals (NADCP). He has received the Founders Award and the Stanley M. Goldstein Award from the NADCP, and The Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan.

Do you know an individual worthy of this most distinguished award?

Nominate them today! 

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Monday, March 11, 2024
The award recipient will be recognized and presented with their award at the
MATCP 24th Annual Conference on May 9, 2024.
Need Assistance? Contact Nichole Richardson at for support.
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