Adult Drug Court (ADC)
Community Family Court (CFC)
Recovery Opportunity Court (ROC)
Mental Health Court (MHC)
Treatment Court Program Description
- Adult Drug Court (ADC)
- Community Family Court (CFC)
- Recovery Opportunity Court (ROC)
Jackson County's Treatment Court Programs are designed to coordinate services and interventions intended to rehabilitate court-involved families and individuals. The programs seek to restore those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and its impacts, and to facilitate their long-term societal success. The programs operate under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Circuit Court. Jackson County's Treatment Courts have incorporated the key components of the drug court model, with interventions recognized as best practice procedures and therapies for those under the jurisdiction of the court. The programs employ research-based protocols and interventions in an effort to maximize program participant's opportunities to change.
Treatment courts have unique characteristics that contribute to their efficacy. Everyone entering the program can expect to be involved with the court for a minimum of 12 months and during their involvement with the program, they can also expect, with few exceptions, to be seen by the same judge every time they appear before the court. Each service they attend and complete while in the program will be evaluated and monitored by an interagency team comprised of public agencies and non-profit staff called the Treatment Court Team (TCT). Each week, prior to a participant's court appearance, their assigned judge and the TCT meet to "staff" participant progress, successes, and concerns. These weekly meetings are referred to as "staffings." At the staffing meeting, team members make recommendations to the judge regarding how best to motivate, treat, and promote program participants.
Initially, participants can expect to be seen weekly by their assigned judge. This level of judicial involvement in a participant's recovery process benefits the community and participants in several ways. The judge's involvement in the treatment court promotes accountability among not only the participants, but also the service providers. When participants are answering to multiple agencies simultaneously, the court can help prioritize their schedule and their needs. Court involvement opens participants to the motivational benefits of rewards, and helps provide them with the additional push often necessary to do the hard work of treatment. Many graduating participants have cited the positive relationship with the judge as the single most influential factor in their success. Although most participants enter treatment court wishing to address alcohol or drug addiction problems, they end up working on many more issues. In addition to addiction, participants in the treatment courts often struggle with issues of poverty, domestic violence, limited parenting skills, low education levels, transportation, mental health, illness or disability, housing issues, and under/unemployment. All participants choosing the program will work with the team to develop family/individual plans that are individualized and unique to their particular needs and issues. The treatment courts work to help families prioritize and address these issues in a timely, realistic and effective manner. No two family/individual plans are ever exactly the same.