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:
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General Program [PDF, 83Kb]
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.
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
Gain employment or be employment ready
Be fiscally responsible
Principal means of achieving goals
Commence and fully participate in treatmentprogram
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)
Complete Life Skills Management Program
Attend court fortnightly
Submit two drug tests per week
Participate in educational and/or vocational training courses
Complete all requirements of the treatment program
Attend court monthly
Pay or make arrangements to pay outstanding court fines and fees