A defendant joins the Drug Diversion Court Program after meeting legal and clinical criteria and being formally accepted into the program by the presiding judge.
Program participants must appear in court once a week, twice a month, or once a month based upon treatment level assignment. If a participant regresses, increased court appearances may occur.
Program participants can anticipate having an initial appointment with their assigned Chemical Dependency Counselor/Counselor shortly after acceptance into the program. Each assigned Chemical Dependency Counselor/Counselor oversees the participants’ progress and serves as an advocate and liaison regarding additional services and needs. Providing this form of case management assists the participant in meeting the overall goals of sobriety and becoming a productive citizen within our community.
Participants are scheduled for a mandatory orientation session at the time of program acceptance. Orientation provides an overview of the program rules and requirements and offers an opportunity for staff to answer any questions participants may have. Orientation is held on Fridays and is one hour in length.
Treatment begins with orientation and continues with three treatment interventions:
- Primary Treatment
- Supportive Treatment
- Community Aftercare
Each intervention consists of goals, activities and requirements that the participant must meet in order to have their case dismissed. Moving to the next treatment intervention is based on the individual meeting certain requirements such as court attendance, reporting to their Chemical Dependency Counselor/Counselor and treatment sessions, attending recovery activities, and being abstinent from drugs and alcohol. The entire program is scheduled to be completed in 12 months, depending on the participant’s progress.
Chemical Dependency Counselors/Counselors conduct an exit interview within thirty (30) days of a participant’s anticipated graduation date. During the appointment, a review of program requirements and referrals to community services (if applicable) are discussed, along with a final review of program fees. In addition to the exit interview, each participant’s file is reviewed by a Coordinator to ensure all program requirements have been met along with a final criminal history check to make sure there are no additional pending offenses outside of the program charge(s).
Potential graduates appear in court for their final appearance before the judge. During this appearance, the participant’s accomplishments are acknowledged and celebrated. They also are given final instructions from the Court, Defense Attorney and Prosecutor regarding dismissal of their case(s).