Drug Court Frequently Asked Questions100 10th Street, Government Center East Wing - 1st Floor
- How is Drug Court different?
The Drug Court approach differs from the approach of traditional court in which the court officers represent and argue different sides of an issue. In Drug Court there are team members dedicated to the purposes of helping young people. Treatment providers share in rather than direct treatment decisions.
- What are the Juvenile Drug Court's Goals?
To reduce substance abuse and recidivism of juvenile offenders and to improve school performance and family relationships.
With combined efforts of the Court, Department of Justice, law enforcement, treatment providers, and the community, the juvenile should display significant behavioral improvement by abiding by the law, remaining drug-free, becoming a better student, and having better relationships with the family and others.
- Who are the members of the Drug Court team and what does the team do?
- Warner L. Kennon, Judge
- Mary Bode , Program Director
- Moe Cooper, Case Manager
- Carol Lynn , Case Manager
- Dr. Steve Granich, New Horizons Program Director
- Joann Chester, New Horizons Day Treatment Counselor
- Dr. Robert Carlson, Evaluator
- Stacey Jackson, Assistant District Attorney
- Andy Dodgen, Public Defender
- Dr. B. J. McBride, Director MCSD Drug Free Schools
- Kim Brown , Muscogee County School District
- What is the Drug Court Program?
The Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court emphasizes community-based treatment and least restrictive services. Therefore, whenever possible, Drug Court participants remain in the family homes. However, some participant's behavior and/or substance abuse may warrant out-of-home placement or residential treatment.
Juvenile Drug Court sessions are held bi-weekly. Most Drug Court participants and a parent/guardian appear in court every other week for a progress review. In addition to the bi-weekly court appearance, youth and their families participate throughout the week in an individualized drug court treatment plan. Each participant's plan includes: therapy, an adventure recreation program, a writing workshop, a conflict resolution workshop, and a parenting support group.
Drug Court participants are subject to regular, frequent, random, visually supervised drug testing. Participants in the program pay $3.00 for each positive drug test result.
- What financial obligations does a participant's family have?
Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court has limited funds for treatment. Families with adequate funds or insurance will be expected to pay part of treatments provided. Families eligible for Medicaid, or Peach Care will be required to apply to those programs for funding.