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Family Drug Court

What is a Drug Court? 
Drug Court is an internationally recognized and empirically based justice system strategy addressing drug addicted defendants.  It is a specialized court program that is designed to use the authority of the court to keep addicted individuals in treatment long enough for it to work.   

The “Ten Key Components” govern the development and operation of a drug court

Key Component #1
Drug courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.  

Key Component #2
Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights.  

Key Component #3
Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the drug court program.  

Key Component #4
Drug courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.  

Key Component #5
Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.  

Key Component #6
A coordinated strategy governs drug court responses to participants' compliance.  

Key Component #7
Ongoing judicial interaction with each drug court participant is essential.  

Key Component #8
Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.  

Key Component #9
Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective drug court planning, implementation, and operations.  

Key Component #10
Forging partnerships among drug courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances drug court program effectiveness.

For a minimum of one year participants in drug court are: 

·         Provided intensive treatment and other services they require to get and stay clean and sober;
·         Held accountable by the Drug Court judge for meeting their obligations to the court, society,
      themselves and their families;
·         Regularly and randomly tested for drug use;
·         Required to appear in court frequently so that the judge may review their progress
·         Rewarded for doing well or sanctioned when they do not live up to their obligations 

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Deschutes County Family Drug Court Overview

The Deschutes County Family Drug Court (DCFDC) is a court-supervised intensive treatment program serving parents in Deschutes County who have had their children removed from their custody or are at risk of having their children removed as a result of substance abuse.   

Family Drug Court incorporates a collaborative community approach to holding offenders accountable, treating parents gripped by addiction and keeping children safe.  The program is coordinated and closely monitored by the court under the direction of the Family Drug Court Judge.   

The Goals of the DCFDC program are to: 

·         Lessen the impact of illegal drug use on community law enforcement agencies, courts and corrections
·         Reduce community rates of addiction and substance abuse
·         Help drug addicted parents and pregnant women to become sober and responsible caregivers
·         Create environments in which children are healthy and safe from abuse and neglect
·         Promote positive, pro-social behavior 

Expectations of a person participating in the DCFDC program: 

  • Frequent court appearances

  • Frequent and random drug testing

  • Participation in substance abuse treatment which can include residential treatment, outpatient individual and group therapy and case management

  • Abstinence from illegal drug use and alcohol

  • Participation in mental health treatment if recommended which can include but is not limited to individual and group therapy and medication management

  • Community based self-help/recovery meetings (12-step, AA, NA, DDA, etc).

  • Compliance with probation requirements, if applicable.

 Individualized treatment interventions and sanctions are given for non-compliance.  As a participant progresses, the treatment plan is adjusted with less frequent drug testing, treatment sessions, and court appearances.  

Scope and Length of Judicial Supervision 

Family Drug Court is generally a 12-18 month program.  Individuals are required to complete five program phases as well as complete individualized treatment plan goals.

Family Drug Court Eligibility and Referral Process
Family Drug Court Referral Form
Family Drug Court Questions and Answers
Family Drug Court Program Phase Expectations