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Virginia DrugTreatment CourtsGovernor’s Heroin & Prescription DrugTask ForceThe Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, JudgeAnna Powers, Drug Courts CoordinatorJune 16, 2015

Virginia Drug Courts What are Drug Courts? Who are Drug CourtParticipants? How do Drug Courts operate? Virginia Drug Court costs Where are Drug Courts? Why do we need Drug Courts? What is needed to grow DrugCourts in Virginia? How can we support DrugCourts?

Drug Treatment Courts Are:Created by Statute inCode of VirginiaSection § 18.2-254.1AlternativeSentencing for DrugAddicted Defendants

Drug Courts AreSpecialized court dockets within Virginia’s existingcourt system which: Provide judicial monitoring of offenders in theDrug Treatment Court ProgramThe Drug Court provides comprehensivesubstance abuse treatment, intensive supervisionand ancillary services.Designed to: Stop the revolving door by breaking the cycle ofaddiction

Drug Courts AreJudicially supervised court dockets within Virginia’sexisting court system which: Protect community safetyImprove public healthHold offenders accountable for their actionsSee drug-free babies delivered

Virginia Drug TreatmentCourt Models Adult: 23 Juvenile: 8 DUI: 2 regional (7 localities) Family: 2 ( 2 currently not operational)Criminal dockets in Circuit Courts serving adults with substance abuseproblems. ( 2 additional approved to operate but not started yet,Danville & Halifax County)Criminal dockets in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts servingjuveniles with substance abuse problems.Criminal dockets in General District Courts serving hard core drinkingdrivers.Civil dockets in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts servingparents with petitions for abuse/neglect as a result of substance abuse

Who are the Drug CourtParticipants? Non-violent offenders with cases pending inVirginia’s courtsWith substance addictions or chemicaldependenciesIn Circuit Court-the offenders have drug offensesor drug-related offensesParticipation, which is voluntary, must beapproved by the Commonwealth’s Attorney

Drugs of Choice

Drug Court Participants Receive treatment and other services they arerequire to stay clean and to lead constructivelives, yet they are also held accountable by ajudge for meeting their obligations to society,themselves and their families. Are regularly and randomly tested for drug use,required to appear frequently in court for thejudge to review their progress, and receiveincentives for doing well and sanctions for notliving up to their obligations.

How Drug Courts Work Collaboration of agenciesIntegration of servicesImmediate sanctions for noncomplianceImmediate incentives for meeting specific milestonesIntensive supervisionTake a non-adversarial approachJudicial supervision - “Nudge from the Judge”

How Do Drug Courts Work?Drug Courts involve the collaborative efforts ofthe Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, DefenseAttorney, Drug Court Administrators, Drug CourtCase Managers or Probation Officers,Substance Abuse Clinicians, Law EnforcementOfficers and in J&DR Courts- Social ServicesStaff & School representatives.

How Do Drug Courts Work?Drug Courts endorse best practices and evidencebased practices/procedures; 10 Key Components of Drug Courts* Virginia Drug Treatment Court Standards Evidence-based treatment practices(e.g. CM, CBT, MI, etc.)* Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components (NADCP, BJA, 1997)

Virginia Adult Drug Courts Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)A proven effective cognitive behavioral intervention that iscurriculum based to address criminal thinking for substanceabuse treatment, alcohol treatment, offender rehabilitation,etc. Risk and Needs Triage (RANT)An assessment tool to identify and target the criminogenichigh-risks and clinical high-needsparticipant. Not a professional diagnosis.Such individuals typically require acom

Jun 16, 2015 · 2.9M are administered by the Supreme Court of Virginia to 14 (11 adult/3 juvenile) drug courts through a grant process. Courts must comply with - Virginia Drug Court Standards (Evidence-based Practices) Drug Court Cost Saving Best Practices Drug court database entry Quarterly grant reporting compl

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