Adult Drug and DUI courts and intensive community based substance abuse programs represent sentencing and supervision options with offenders to break the cycle of addiction and crimes related to drug and alcohol abuse. They are examples of the therapeutic justice model in operation. Field agents assigned to adult drug courts and intensive treatment programs, both in-patient and out patient, maintain specialized caseloads that allow for enhanced focus to promote offender accountability, intensive treatment services and long-term behavioral change while maintaining the Department’s commitment to public safety.
Field agents serve as members of a therapeutic team, providing input for case planning, treatment decisions, sanctioning and incentives.
Community Substance Abuse Program Supervision Goals
- To promote public safety through:
- Increased surveillance
- Treatment oriented case plans
- Ensure appropriate supervision
- Impose immediate and graduated sanctions
- Recommending jail time if necessary
- Curfew monitoring
- Focus on drug and alcohol issues through:
- Using community substance abuse program sentencing as alternative sentencing to jail
- Sentence offenders to community substance abuse programs through revocation hearings from traditional supervision as opposed to alternative sentencing
- Placing offenders in community substance abuse programs who have shown increased problems based on alcohol and drug issues
- Direct offenders to appropriate treatment with the goal of eliminating ongoing dependent alcohol use and/or drug use
- Provide cost effective supervision
- Promote offender accountability
- Promote long-term behavioral change through intensive treatment services
Intensive supervision and treatment programming components:
- The primary programming component is substance abuse treatment, offering offenders the opportunity to address their substance abuse needs through various substance treatment modalities.
- Cognitive intervention will be provided as an alternative to distorted thinking which influences and changes behaviors. This promotes an understanding of problems and encourages offenders to learn and practice new skills.
- Focus on employment/training and education issues with intensive supervision can effectively reduce likelihood of further criminal behavior.