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Drug Court Phase Requirements and Handbook

Information and materials for the Drug Court process.

The Drug Court Handbook is available for download in PDF formats.

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Phase I

During this phase, you will be assigned a Treatment Counselor and provided with a complete assessment. You will meet with Treatment Counselor to establish a treatment plan that addresses problem areas and needs. This plan will include family treatment goals. This phase will also include the following expectations:

  • Attend Court once every week;
  • Attend Phase I group 14 out of 16 total days for at least 8 weeks;
  • Attend family therapy as scheduled (if indicated);
  • Attend all appointments as scheduled with your Case Manager;
  • Attend individual counseling if indicated by your treatment plan;
  • Attend Support Group 7 out of 8 days;
  • Meet goals and objectives of your treatment plan;
  • Demonstrate improved behavior at home;
  • Identify an extracurricular activity to be regularly involved with during Phase 2;
  • Identify a support group (NA, AA, MA, etc.) to regularly attend in community;
  • Regularly attend school or structured community activity (i.e., work, community volunteering, GED preparation, vocational training, etc.);
  • Comply with random drug testing (UA's will be observed) and have clean UA's for 30 days immediately prior to phase advancement;
  • Provide a weekly school report signed by teachers and verified through Case Manager.
  • Must complete written assignment that is provided by the drug court team, present your assignment in Court and receive approval from your family and the drug court team prior to advancing to Phase II

Phase II

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During this phase, you and your Treatment Counselor will meet to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses issues in this second phase. This should include, but not limited to, family therapy goals, relapse prevention planning, vocational, social and living skills, and include the following:

  • Regularly attend school or structured community activity (i.e., work, community volunteering, GED preparation, vocational training, etc.);
  • Attend Phase 2 group 14 out of 16 total days for at least 8 weeks;
  • Attend all appointments as scheduled with your Case Manager;
  • Attend individualized treatment activity (i.e., psychoeducational, skills building, or process groups) if indicated;
  • Regularly attend an extracurricular activity (i.e., organized athletics, school-sponsored club, job, etc.);
  • Attend family therapy (if indicated);
  • Attend Court every two weeks or as designated by the Judge;
  • Meet all goals and objectives of individualized treatment plan.
  • Provide a weekly school report signed by teachers and verified through Case Manager;
  • Comply with random drug testing (UA's will be observed) and have clean UA's for 45 days immediately prior to phase advancement;
  • Attend community support group once a week, unless ordered to attend more;
  • Identify a mentor or sponsor within 30 days of entering Phase 2 and make contact with them weekly;
  • Attend job preparation class if applicable (i.e., currently unemployed);
  • Must complete written assignment that is provided by the drug court team, present your assignment in Court and receive approval from your family and the drug court team prior to advancing to Phase III.

Phase III

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During Phase Three, you will be encouraged to take further steps of action in your recovery. You and your Treatment Counselor will develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the following action steps: social, living, vocational, and educational skills, relapse prevention, and family therapy goals. Your treatment group attendance requirements will be decreased to one day per week and attendance at community-based support group meetings will remain the same. This phase will also include the following expectations:

  • Regularly attend school or structured community activity (i.e., work, community volunteering, GED preparation, vocational training, etc.);
  • Attend individualized treatment activity (i.e., psychoeducational, skills building, or process groups) if indicated;
  • Continue to regularly attend and participate in your chosen extracurricular activity;
  • Attend Court every three weeks;
  • Attend family therapy if indicated;
  • Comply with random drug testing (UA's will be observed) and have clean UA's for 60 days immediately prior to phase advancement;
  • Attend community support groups at least two times per week, unless ordered to attend more;
  • Maintain weekly contact with mentor or sponsor;
  • Provide a weekly school report signed by teachers and verified by teachers;
  • Attend Phase 3 group 14 out of 16 days for at least 8 weeks;
  • Meet all goals and objectives of individualized treatment plan.
  • Attend all appointments as scheduled with your Case Manager;
  • Help orient new youth to the program (if asked);
  • Must complete written assignment that is provided by the drug court team, present your assignment in Court and receive approval from your family and the drug court team prior to advancing to Phase IV.

Phase IV

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During this phase, you will begin the transition from the Drug Court program to your own unique recovery support system. You will be expected to develop a comprehensive relapse prevention plan. The plan will be developed with the assistance of your individual treatment provider, your Case Manager and the drug court team. During Phase IV you will have an established and functional individualized treatment plan that will include but is not limited to, family therapy goals, independent living goals (if applicable), and maintaining/developing vocational, educational goals, and a relapse prevention plan. This phase will also include the following expectations:

  • Regularly attend school or structured community activity;
  • Continue in your chosen extracurricular activity;
  • Maintain regular employment (if applicable);
  • Attend Court once per month;
  • Participate in community-based support groups two times per week, unless ordered to attend more;
  • Maintain weekly contact with mentor or sponsor;
  • Provide a weekly school report signed by teachers;
  • Attend Phase 4 group 14 out of 16 days for at least 8 weeks;
  • Comply with random drug testing (UA's will be observed) and have clean UA's for 90 days immediately prior to phase advancement;
  • Attend all appointments as scheduled with your Case Manager;
  • Construct an aftercare plan, which includes sobriety support group, mental health outpatient counseling, or group attendance that is appropriate to your needs;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal problems of drug abuse, criminal behavior and relapse prevention;
  • Meet all goals and objectives of individualized treatment plan.
  • Must complete written assignment that is provided by the drug court team, present your assignment in Court and receive approval from your family and the drug court team prior to entering After Care.

Aftercare

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The Aftercare phase consists of a joint plan that includes expectations from the Drug Court Team and aspects important to participants and families to assist the youth in living a clean and sober lifestyle. The goal of the Aftercare Phase is to allow the youth to utilize the supports and skills they have developed to maintain a healthy, positive and productive lifestyle. We think it is beneficial for participants and their families to design a plan that assists the youth in living a clean and sober lifestyle based on what they've learned and experienced in Drug Court. In addition to the basic expectations of the Court, the Aftercare Plan should incorporate the aspects of the program and the community, which the youth found most beneficial.

An Aftercare Planning Meeting will be scheduled a couple of weeks before the anticipated transition to Aftercare. The meeting will be an opportunity for the youth to present the Aftercare plan to the team. The team will consist of the Drug Court Coordinator, Case Manager, Individual Therapist and Family Therapist. We ask that the participants and parents be present and encourage the youth and family to bring along any significant support people such as mentors, other family members, neighbors, teachers or anyone else that may play an important role in the participant's Aftercare. The team will provide feedback regarding the plan and answer any questions. The Aftercare plan goes into affect once the youth has successfully completed Phase 4 and has been approved for advancement to Aftercare.

The Aftercare Phase is a minimum of 90 days or the remainder of 1 year in the program whichever is longer. The participant also has to demonstrate 90 days of clean ua's. The plan should include:

  • Where the participant will reside
  • Plan for school and/or work
  • Minimum of one Court appearance a month
  • 90 days of clean ua's, demonstrated by but not limited to, a minimum of 3 ua's spread out over the 90 days. The last ua will need to be obtained two weeks prior to graduation. It is up to the participant and family to decide how ua's will be collected, these options include: parent's collecting ua's, taking youth to medical providers for ua's, utilizing local police departments, administering alcohol strips, parent's contacting the Case Manager when they want a ua collected, drug test patch, polygraphs or other ideas you can think of.
  • How the family and support people will assist the youth in being successful.
  • Something the participant will do to give back to the Drug Court program. This must be communicated to the Case Manager and completed at least 2 weeks prior to graduation.

The plan may also include any combination of the following:

  • Contacts with Case Manager
  • Community support groups
  • Mentor contacts
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Family activities
  • Individual treatment
  • Family treatment
  • Anything else the participant feels would be beneficial

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