26th Judicial District Court Drug Court
 
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INTRODUCTION

        The 26th JDC Adult Drug Court ("Drug Court") is a special court that handles cases involving juveniles between the ages of ten and seventeen (charged with or convicted of a juvenile offense) and persons 17 years of age or older (charged with or convicted of an adult felony offense) who potentially have a moderate to severe substance abuse or substance addiction problem. The Drug Court involves a long-term, intensive, and positive reinforcement approach to the treatment of the substance abuser ("Program"). The Program emphasizes (1) comprehensive legal and clinical assessments; (2) a comprehensive continuum of substance abuse treatment methods; (3) participant accountability through frequent Court reviews, frequent random drug testing and graduated constructive sanctions and incentives; and (4) continuing external evaluation of program efficacy and long-term participant outcomes.

        While the Program specifically targets the client, we recognize that in some, if not all cases, the client's actions are directly or indirectly related to his or her home life. Therefore, the Program strongly suggests that the family become an integrated part of the client's treatment through attendance at family group therapy sessions and status hearing before the Judge.