TITLE: Drug Court General Information
1. General Information
- About the program: The Intensive Supervision Court Program (Drug Court) is a 15 month program composed of a team of representatives from the Fifth Judicial System, Community Based Corrections and the Treatment Community. The goal is to address substance abuse problems leading to criminal behavior, with a holistic approach. It is our position that criminal behavior will be decreased or eliminated when substance abuse is reduced or stopped, thus decreasing the need of jail/prison space.
- The Mission Statement: The mission of drug court is, in collaboration with the community, to efficiently and effectively use taxpayer's money by optimizing public officials' time in order to promote public safety by facilitating positive changes in the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of drug addicted offenders.
- The Drug Court Team: The Drug Court Team consists of a Fifth Judicial District Judge, Probation Supervisor, Assistant County Attorney, Defense Attorney, two Probation Officers, TASC Counselor and Secretary. The function of the Team is to develop an appropriate treatment plan, access program services and resources, and insure that the offender fully participates in treatment. The Team meets regularly throughout an offender's treatment participation and progression through the phase system and acts only after reaching consensus.
- Program Phases:
- The Program is divided into a screening process and five phases. Each phase has different goals and, therefore, requires different kinds and intensities of activities. The activities are specially designed to address the Offender's likely recovery needs in that phase. The phases also give the offender time to adjust to their changing lifestyle. The Drug Court will observe and measure an offender's progress in the Program.
- Each phase consists of a specified number of required offender activities that are to be completed within a specified period of time. Certain activities are critical and must be completed satisfactorily before the offender can progress to the next phase.
- Offender will be retained in a phase until he/she have sufficiently completed the obligations of that phase and may be returned to a previous phase if he/she is in need of more intensive treatment due to relapse episodes.
- Measuring Success:
- Offender will be required to submit samples for U.A. monitoring. The team will report to the court the number of positive U.A. results, if necessary.
- Offender will be required to attend a specified number of individual and group counseling sessions. Successful graduates will attend Alumni Support Group. After graduation offenders continue to be involved through the Alumni Support Group. They are giving back to the Program by assisting the current drug court offenders.