Jefferson County Community Corrections

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What is Drug Court

Drug Court is a diversion program for people with substance abuse issues. Those who complete the Drug Court Program, will have the opportunity of having their charges dismissed; or if referred to Drug Court for a violation of Probation or Community Corrections, the violation would be dismissed.  The Judge can also order someone into the program as a condition of Community Corrections. Superior Court Judge, Michael Hensley, oversees the Drug Court Program and Amber Finnegan is the Drug Court Coordinator as Drug Court is ran through Court Services. The minimum amount of time it will take to complete this program is 18 months.

The Drug Court Team:

The Drug Court Team meets every week before Drug Court to discuss current applications and the progress of the participants. Members include:

Hon. Michael Hensley, Drug Court Judge

Amber Finnegan, Drug Court Coordinator

Jennifer Corya, Drug Court Case Manager

Mary Jane Stotts, Defense Representative

A member of the Prosecutor's office

Joy Carter, Centerstone - Substance Abuse Therapist

Paul Hartman, LifeSpring - Mental Health Therapist

Skylar Ebner, Probation Officer

Yance Denning, Sheriff's Department

How does one apply for Drug Court

Anybody who has been arrested for a felony offense can apply for the Drug Court Program. A Drug Court application will need to be completed which can be found at the jail, at Community Corrections, at Superior or Circuit Court, or with an attorney. Once one applies to Drug Court, the Drug Court team will accept or not accept the application based upon eligibility criteria. If the application is accepted, the Pretrial Coordinator will send an assessment packet to complete and will interview the person for a Drug Court evaluation. The Pretrial Coordinator will write a report summarizing the interivew and the assessments completed and will give to the Drug Court Team for approval. The Drug Court Team will decide whether or not the applicant will be accepted into the program.

Advantages of Drug Court

If you are serious about getting Drug and/or Alcohol free and changing your lifestyle, Drug Court will give you all the tools you need to make those changes. Graduates of Drug Court have remained sober, regained trust and repaired relationships with family and friends, and maintained steady employment. You will also not have a conviction on your record! 

How is one ordered to Drug Court

If the Drug Court Team accepts you into the Drug Court Program, you will be scheduled for a guilty plea hearing and will sign an Agreement to Enter Drug Court. The terms of the Drug Court Program will be explained in the agreement. If you do not complete the program, your sentence will be outlined in this agreement. Once you sign the agreement, you will be ordered to report to your Drug Court Case Manager who will explain your supervision and you will report to the next Drug Court session.

How does one complete Drug Court

The Drug Court Program consists of 5 Phases. Once you have completed all 5 Phases successfully, you will graduate from the program and your charges (or violation) will be DISMISSED! If you do not complete the program, you will be sentenced according to your Guilty plea agreement.

How often do I report to my case manager

During the two phases of Drug Court, you will report to your case manager twice a week; the third phase, once a week; in the fourth phase, ever other week; and in the last phase once a month. You will receive a minimum of two drug screens per week during your supervision. You will also need to complete substance abuse treatment and other programming as needed which will be identified through a variety of assessments.

How often do I report to Court

During the first two phases, you will report to Court each week to speak to the Judge and the Drug Court Team. During the third and fourth phase, you will report every other week and during the fifth phase, you will report once a month. The Drug Court Team meets every week before Drug Court to discuss all of the participants' progress in the program. Drug Court is on Wednesdays at 4 pm in Superior Court.

Drug Court Phases

Phase 1 – Acute Stabilization (min. 60 days)_

Weekly court

Comply with treatment

Comply with supervision

Develop case plan                                                                        To Advance:

2 office visits/ week                                                                    - Regular attendance at Treatment

Monthly home visits                                                                   - Office visits

2 drug screens per week                                                            - Being honest

Address housing                                                                          -Clean time – minimum of 14 days

Obtain medical assessment

Change people, places and things

Curfew 9 pm


Phase 2 – Clinical Stabilization (min. 90 days)

Weekly court

Engage with treatment

Comply with supervision

Continue address medical needs                                             To Advance:

Continue changing people, places and things                      - Engaged with treatment

Weekly office visits                                                                      - Compliance with supervision

Review case plan                                                                          - Clean time min of 30 consecutive days

Monthly home visits                                                                  

2 drug screens per week                                            

Maintain housing                                                                        

Address financial (budget assessment)

End of phase begin focus on peer support groups

10 pm curfew

 

Phase 3 – Pro-Social Habilitation (min. 120 days)

Bi-weekly Court

Engage with treatment

Comply with supervision

Continue address medical needs                                                  To Advance:

Demonstrate changing people, places and things                      - Engaged with treatment

Weekly office visits                                                                        - Compliance with supervision

Review case plan                                                                            - Begin Pro-social activity

Monthly home visits                                                                      - Began recovery network 

2 drug screens per week                                                                - Address medical needs

Begin criminal thinking program                                                  - Clean time 45 min consecutive days

Establish pro-social activity

11 pm curfew

 

Phase 4 – Adaptive Habilitation (min. 120 days)_

Bi-weekly court

Engage with treatment

Comply with supervision

Continue address medical needs                                                  To Advance:

Continue changing people, places and things                             - Engaged with treatment

Bi-weekly office visits                                                                    - Compliance with supervision

Review case plan                                                                            - Maintain Pro-social activity

Monthly home visits                                                                      - Engage recovery network               

2 drug screens per week                                                 -              Address medical needs

Complete criminal thinking program                                           -Clean time 60 min consecutive days

Maintain pro-social activity                                                           - Began employment, vocational

12 am curfew                                                                                    training/school

As needed based upon assessment:                                            -Begin to address ancillary services

Job training; parenting/family support/vocational training                                                          

 

Phase 5 – Continuing Care (min. 120 days)

Court monthly

Engaged with treatment

Comply with Supervision                                                               To Graduate

Continue addressing medical needs                                             -Engaged with treatment

Continue changing people, places and things                              -Compliance with supervision

Review case plan                                                                            - Maintain pro-social activity

Monthly office visits                                                                      - Maintain recovery network

Monthly home visits                                                                      - Maintain other employment,

Maintain housing                                                                           vocational training/school

2 UDS per week                                                                              - Address ancillary services

Development of an aftercare plan                                                - Clean time 120 min consecutive days

Maintain pro social activity

As needed upon assessment:

Job training

Parenting/family support

Vocational training


For more information on Drug Courts visit: www.nadcp.org

For more information on Jefferson County Drug Court, please contact Amber Finnegan at 812-265-8911 or amber.finnegan@jeffersoncounty.in.gov