Drug Court

For participants                

 

Each participant's Drug Court program is individually tailored to address his or her specific needs. The treatment options offered include abstinence, methadone and buprenorphine programs conducted in either the community or residential rehabilitation settings.

There are four fundamental aspects that are common to each Drug Court program:

  • evidence-based drug treatment
  • social support and the development of living skills
  • regular reports to the court regarding participant progress
  • regular testing for drug use.

View the program conditions for participants by clicking the link below.

General Program [PDF, 83Kb]

Phases of the Drug Court program

Each participant's program comprises three phases. Each phase has distinct goals that must be achieved before the participant graduates to the next phase of their program.

Phase 1 is the 'initiation' phase where participants are expected to reduce drug use, stabilise their physical health and cease criminal activity. In this phase, participants are required to undergo drug testing at least three times a week and to report back to the Drug Court once a week.                    

Phase 2 is the 'consolidation' phase where participants are expected to remain drug-free and crime-free, and develop life and job skills. In this phase, testing for drug use is conducted twice weekly and report back court appearances occur fortnightly.                    

Phase 3 is the 're-integration' phase where participants are expected to gain or be ready to gain employment, and to be financially responsible. In Phase 3, drug testing is conducted twice weekly and report back court appearances are conducted monthly.

Participants are closely monitored by the court. The Drug Court team meets before court each day to receive reports from treatment providers and Probation Officers, and to discuss those participants who will be appearing that day. In the light of this discussion the Judge then speaks to each participant about his or her progress.

PHASE 1
Initiation and stabilisation 
PHASE 2
Consolidation
PHASE 3
Re-integration
Principal goals Principal goals Principal goals

Cease using drugs

Stabilise physical health

Cease criminal activity

Remain drug free

Remain crime free

Stabilise social and domestic environment

Develop life skills including job skills

Address major life issues

Maintain good health

Remain drug free and accept a drug free lifestyle

Remain crime free and accept a crime free lifestyle

Stabilise social and domestic environment

Gain employment or be employment ready

Be fiscally responsible

Average duration

Average duration

Average duration

3 months

4 months

5 months

Principal means of achieving goals

Principal means of achieving goals

Principal means of achieving goals

Commence and fully participate in treatment
program

Assign Community Corrections Officer

Development case management plan

Terminate criminal associations

Commence and fully participate in case management program

Attend court weekly

Submit three drug tests per week

Participate in home visits by Community Corrections Officer

Continue to fully participate in treatment program as updated (as necessary)

Undergo counselling

Complete Life Skills Management Program

Attend court fortnightly

Submit two drug tests per week

Participate in home visits by Community Corrections Officer

Participate in educational and/or vocational training courses

Complete all requirements of the treatment program

Complete counselling

Complete Life Skills Management Program

Attend court monthly

Submit two drug tests per week

Participate in home visits by Community Corrections Officer

Participate in educational and/or vocational training courses

Pay or make arrangements to pay outstanding court fines and fees