Observation & Assessment
After defendants referred to the program are screened to determine eligibility, the Drug Court team performs a comprehensive assessment. A treatment service plan is then reviewed by the team. During this process, the defendant attends education and informational classes on a weekly basis.
Phase 1: Treatment
The defendant enters into a written contract that is both a plea of guilty and a waiver of constitutional and statutory rights. The duration of the program specified in the contract is 12—18 months. They are then referred to an appropriate level of treatment and the type of treatment for each defendant is based on that individual’s needs. Drug court client must make weekly appearances in court unless they are in inpatient treatment.
Phase II: Continuing Care
During the continuing care phase of the program, the participant makes biweekly court appearances, submits to random urine drops, reports to probation and continues with the recommended treatment plan. The judge becomes the central figure in a team effort focusing on sobriety and accountability as primary goals.