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TITLE: Drug Court Phase Progression

POLICY

The program consists of five phases, which are designed to be a minimum of 90 days in duration. The team determines each offender's progression through each phase. Offenders must comply with all requirements of each phase before they are eligible to move to the next phase. Sanctions can be imposed at any level of the program, as deemed necessary by the Drug Court Judge and staff. Offenders may be moved back and forth (recycle a phase) through the phase systems based on performance.

  1. PHASE I: STABILIZATION
    1. TASC officer will provide a report for each offender returning to Court outlining treatment attendance and progress, results of urinalysis, significant factors in the offender's history and the treatment plan developed for the offender. Requirements include: Treatment may include Detoxification, Residential, Medically Monitored, Outpatient, and /or One-on-One Counseling. Other Requirements include: UA testing 2 times/week, One face to face meeting/week with TASC, Enter into Treatment Referral made by TASC and Twelve step meetings.
    2. The Probation Officer will also provide a report on the offender's progress and/or issues that need to be addressed. The probation requirements include: Weekly face to face contact with Probation Officer, abide with curfew rules, electronic monitoring service or surveillance checks, documentation of entry and completion of treatment referral, verification of attendance at AA/NA meetings, report as necessary to provide sample for urinalysis.
    3. The Judge will review the provided reports and take action as appropriate to motivate the offender to progress through recovery.
    4. Should the offender fail to appear for scheduled treatment, the Provider shall notify TASC/PO who will ascertain the offender's whereabouts and secure the offender's appearance at treatment. If the offender's whereabouts cannot be ascertained, TASC/PO shall immediately notify the Drug Court Judge.
  2. PHASE II-RECOVERY:
    1. The Probation Officer shall prepare a report, jointly, with the TASC officer outlining treatment attendance progress, results of urinalysis, participation on other programs, such as GED, community service hours completed, fees paid and any issues that need to be addressed with the rest of the team and that may require action by the Judge.
    2. Requirements for this phase are: Offenders must call the UA Hotline daily, if their Phase is called in on the phone message, they are to report for urinalysis at the designated urinalysis-testing center. Two to three face-to-face meetings with the TASC officer each month. Attending Treatment and Twelve step meetings.
    3. Probation Requirements: Weekly face to face contacts, Abide by Curfew Rules, Electronic Monitoring Service and/or surveillance checks, continue Employment/Educational/GED classes, Obtain/maintain safe housing and peer relationships.
    4. The Drug Court Judge will review the report and take action as appropriate.
    5. Treatment in this phase may include: Residential, Inpatient/Outpatient, Relapse, Aftercare, Self Help Groups, One on One Counseling and/or Halfway House.
  3. PHASE III-ABSTINENCE:
    1. The Probation Officer shall prepare a report, jointly, with the TASC officer outlining treatment attendance, progress, results of urinalysis, participation on other programs, such as GED, community service hours completed, fees paid and any issues that need to be addressed with the rest of the team and that may require action by the Judge.
    2. Treatment Options: Outpatient, Relapse, Aftercare, Self Help Groups, Halfway House or One on One Counseling, continue on the phase UA Monitoring System, Attending or finishing treatment One face to face meeting with TASC officer each month.
    3. Probation Requirements: Bi-weekly face-to-face contacts with Probation Officer, continue to abide by curfew, remain employed, work on community service, pay fees and fines.
  4. PHASE IV-PRE-RELEASE:
    1. Same guidelines as in Phase III, except participant will need to meet with TASC 1-2 times/month for UA testing and have 100% attendance for these appointments. Participant will also have completed or about to complete all treatment and have 100% participation for attendance.
    2. Probation Requirements: Monthly face to face contacts, Court ordered requirements to be completed, Curfews to be determined by performance, Verification and documentation of full time employment, education, stable home environment and stable transportation, Community Service must be completed and Supervision fee must be paid in full before moving to phase V.
  5. PHASE V-SUPPORT:
    1. Phase V is the final step in the program before graduation. The offender signs a new contract (DC-F15) stating that they will abide by the following;
      1. Call the U/A Hotline 242-6789 daily. Attend all drops.
      2. Court appearance required every five weeks during phase five.
      3. See Probation Officer one time per month.
      4. Call the Defense Attorney once per month, you must talk to him.
      5. Call the Judge or Assistant County Attorney once per month. You must talk to them.
      6. Attend Alumni support group meeting.
      7. Continue Twelve Step meetings, maintain contact with sponsor and attend continuing care as it is scheduled.
      8. You must have one contact per week with one of the above-mentioned staff.
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