Drug Courts

Judicial District 15B offers two therapeutic programs for court involved adults who have substance use disorders – Family Treatment Court and Recovery Court.

WHAT ARE THEY?

Family Treatment Court is a collaborative effort between the court system and the Department of Social Services (DSS). It is for parents who have a case pending with DSS regarding abuse, neglect, or dependency. Participants are referred to the program by DSS Social Workers and through Child Planning Conferences. They are monitored by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a judge, defense attorney, DSS attorney, treatment provider, guardian ad litem, DSS social worker, and court coordinator. Successful participants enhance their parenting skills and improve the chances of having their parental rights restored.

Recovery Court is a diversionary court for high-risk individuals who are facing significant terms of incarceration. Participants are referred to the program by judges, defense attorneys, and probation officers. The monitoring team consists of a judge, defense attorney, prosecutor, treatment provider, probation officer, and court coordinator. Successful participants avoid incarceration and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

These alternative court programs require participants to engage in formalized substance abuse treatment and a variety of recovery-based activities. The core components of both programs are random drug testing, regular treatment sessions, and frequent court appearances. Along the way, participants receive motivational incentives and timely sanctions to help modify behavior. Each program consists of five phases, and approximately one year of compliance is required for graduation.

HOW DO THEY HELP?

In addition to enjoying the benefits of a sober lifestyle and making progress toward long-term recovery, Family Treatment Court and Recovery Court participants can receive assistance with housing, employment, transportation, child care, mental health treatment, and a variety of other services. The societal benefits include safer communities and the cost savings associated with alleviating over-burdened criminal justice, social service, and health care systems.


Therapy dogs easing stress in Orange County Recovery Courts