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The Benton County Drug Treatment Court (BCDTC) will treat addiction to improve lives, reduce crime, and promote a healthy, safe community.
To fulfill this mission, BCDTC strives to reach the following goals and objectives:
BCDTC began in November 2001, and is a collaborative effort involving the Court and other public and private agencies and organizations. BCDTC involves frequent court appearances, intensive outpatient treatment, and random drug testing. This treatment has proven to be much more effective than jail or probation to break the cycle of addiction and reducing criminal activity. In addition, as a core function of the criminal justice process BCDTC has proven to save costs over more traditional methods such as jail.
The Staffing Team consists of representatives from various disciplines who are committed to the Benton County DTC mission and collaborate to ensure success of the program and its participants. The Staffing Team includes:
The BCDTC Staffing Team works collaboratively to assess referred candidates. The Staffing Team recommends candidates to the DA’s office for initial screening. Once approved for participation, treatment providers administer an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. If candidates are already on supervised probation, the probation officer (P.O.) will review their existing Level of Service/Care Management Inventory (LS/CMI) assessment, which assesses the risk, need, and responsivity factors of offenders.
BCDTC targets high risk, high need offenders who have a history of alcohol and drug use and involvement in the criminal justice system. Members of the target population must be over 18 years old, qualify for intensive outpatient treatment according to the ASAM assessment, and score “E” or lower on the felony sentencing guidelines. Demographic factors do not influence selection. Members may be disqualified from participation if their convictions are for possession of a substantial quantity of drugs, delivery or manufacturing of drugs, other commercial drug offenses, or certain violent offenses.
The BCDTC program is structured around five phases. The minimum program length is 12 months, with an average length of 19 months.
Prospective graduates must complete all Phase 5 requirements, have a minimum of 90 consecutive days clean and sober, and a minimum of 12 months in the program. Prospective graduates must also have a full-time paying job (30 hours or more per week) for three weeks prior to commencement. Restitution, court fines, and fees must be paid in full or a payment plan must be established. Participants must also live in stable housing, demonstrate a responsible attitude, attend a minimum of two aftercare meetings, and complete an exit survey. Finally, prospective graduates must complete a graduation application and be recommended for graduation by the Staffing Team.
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Hon. David B. Connell
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