Douglas County Drug Court FAQ
Douglas County Drug Court FAQ
How is Douglas County's Drug Court different from normal prosecution through Criminal Court?
Drug courts are judicially supervised court dockets that provide an alternative to incarceration, consisting of treatment combined with intensive supervision for people living with serious substance use disorders. Drug courts are problem-solving courts that take a public health approach using a specialized model in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, social service, and treatment communities work together to help addicted offenders into long-term recovery
Who is eligible for Drug Court?
- Douglas County, Kansas, resident
- Admitting to a substance use disorder and agreeing to cease use and to participation in treatment
- Approval of the Douglas County Drug Court Team
- 18 years of age or older
- Must have felony charges pending
- Must resolve all out-of-county or state charges
What Exclusions may prevent me from entering Drug Court?
- Denial of substance use
- Previous completion or discharge from a Specialty Court Program will be handled on a case by case basis
- Current charge involves violent person felony
- Current charge involves firearms
- Prior conviction(s) of violence within the past 10 years will be considered case by case, as determined by DA’s office and drug court team
- District Attorney’s Office finds defendant to be a public safety risk
- Case involves Driving Under the Influence charge
- Defendant is a larger dealer or distributor of drugs
How do I get referral for consideration to be in Drug Court?
You can apply for consideration by filling out a Referral Form from the District Attorney’s Website. There are two kinds of referral forms: one to be submitted by defense counsel and a general referral form that can be filled out by other party referrals. All referral forms are submitted to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the Program work?
Defendants will be assessed and the team will set up an individualized treatment plan, based on defendants’ needs and program criteria. Defendants will have regular urine tests, supervision meetings and court appearances. The Court and Team exercise a great deal of discretion and flexibility in tailoring treatment plans, working through barriers in their daily life and optimizing the resources to allow for the best chance of success for each person in the program.
How long does the Program last?
The program duration is roughly 14 months but some clients take longer due to failure to meet phase requirements. Your duration in the program and in each phase truly depends on your compliance within the Drug Court Program.
What treatment options are available?
Treatment is required in drug court. A participant can go to detox, outpatient treatment, or residential treatment. The level of treatment is based on the participant’s clinical needs for recovery
How often is someone drug tested?
Urine drug testing is one of the ways that the drug court team helps a participant in their recovery. Drug tests can be taken at treatment, at adult services office, at court and in custody. As a participant you will be required to call a daily random drug test line to determine if you pin number is selected. If your pin number is selected, then you must report that day for a urine test.
Do all participants attend NA or AA meetings?
Participants are required to attend self-help meetings. A participant can go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, Smart Recovery and or other self- help meetings.
Can I work and or attend School while in the program?
Yes, as long as it doesn’t interfere with treatment.
What other services are provided?
The drug court team will work with each participant to get employment, education, or both. Many participants have their driver’s license returned, and work to take care of outstanding fines/debts.
What are the benefits for participants who complete the Drug Court the Program?
Those who successfully complete the program will have their plea of guilty withdrawn and their criminal charges dismissed. This is a significant benefit for future employment and for career opportunities. More importantly, participants who have a sincere desire to get off drugs are offered the opportunity for treatment, the opportunity to avoid further problems with the law and the opportunity to improve their wellbeing (and shake free of life consuming troubles caused by substance abuse).
What happens if a Drug Court participant fails to comply with the Program's requirements?
If clients consistently fail to comply with Program requirements, the Court can remove a client and proceed with sentencing. The judge and team work hard to find a way for treatment to work and participants to succeed.
Will I be required to do anything after graduation?
We ask graduates to participate in a post-graduation follow-up study including a background check, letters, phone calls, questionnaires, possible speaking engagement opportunities and alumni group opportunities.
How many phases are in the program and what are they?
Four phases, consisting of stabilization (approx. 2 ¼ months), acceptance (approx. 3 months), change (approx. 4.59 months), and maintenance (approx. 4.59 months) for a total of 14 months.
What happens when I enter Drug Court?
You will have a hearing to enter a guilty plea and agree to postpone sentencing, you will waive your right to a speedy trial, sign the participant contract and plea advisory, agree to an order of supervision including searches without a warrant and random drug and alcohol testing, and sign a confidentiality waiver.
How often do I have to come to Drug court?
Court appearances will depend on what phase you are in. Phase I will be weekly, Phase II will be biweekly, Phase III and Phase IV will be once a month.
Who is on the Drug Court Team?
Drug Court judge, District Attorney’s office, Adult Services Officer, Treatment providers, Law enforcement liaison, and defense attorneys assigned to drug court.