What is a Drug Court?

What is a Drug Court?

There are 10 key components that define Drug Courts.

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1. Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.

2. Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights.

3. Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program.

4. Drug Courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.

5. Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.

6. A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participants' compliance.

7. Ongoing judicial interaction with each Drug Court participant is essential.

8. Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.

9. Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Drug Court planning, implementation, and operations.

10. Forging partnerships among Drug Courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances Drug Court program effectiveness.

Source: National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 1997