The Target Population  |  The Goal  |  The Drug Court Program

The Juvenile Drug Court model is an approach to handling juvenile drug offenses that differs from the traditional Juvenile Court.

 
The Juvenile Drug Court model utilizes a team approach to identifying a target population. It provides a comprehensive assessment of needs, requiring family involvement and providing strength-based, intensive, developmentally appropriate treatment and services to the youth and family, while maintaining accountability by the youth for the offense.

The Target Population

• 12-16 years of age
• No prior or current violent or sexual offenses
• Adjudicated youth who have violated probation by substance use
• Youth with second time substance abuse offenses Our Drug Court Team
• Judge
• Prosecutor
• Guardian ad Lidem
• Coordinator
• Probation Officer
• Treatment provider
• Law enforcement officer
• DHS representative
• Mental health representative
• School representative

The Goal

The youth graduating from the Juvenile Drug Court program and their families will have completed a comprehensive treatment program and be better connected to natural resources and supports in the community.

The Drug Court Program

Phase 1

• Lasts 2 weeks
• Substance abuse assessment
• Personal assets inventory
• Family assessment
• Develop Individual Program Plan

Phase 2

• Minimum of 60 days
• 6:00 p.m. curfew
• Weekly individual and/or family therapy
• 3 visits per week with P.O.
• Up to 7 drug screens per week
• 1 Client Education Group
• Weekly hearings

Phase 3

• Minimum of 4 months
• 8:00 p.m. curfew
• Weekly individual and group or family therapy
• 3 visits per week with Probation Officer
• Up to 7 drug screens per week
• Minimum of 1 Client Education Group
• Every other week hearings

Phase 4

• Minimum of 4 months
• Individualized curfew
• Weekly individual and group therapy
• 3 visits per 2 week period with P.O.
• Up to 7 drug screens per week
• Monthly hearings
• Support group meetings
• Completion of community service