Juvenile Court Services Drug Court is a program, which identifies juvenile offenders in need of chemical dependency intervention and provides a judicial track that facilitates the youth gaining access and accountability for treatment. Superior Court has been successful in obtaining three drug court grants in the past few years (REACH, Drug Court Development grant and a Drug Court Implementation Grant).
Chemical Dependency Disposition Alternative (CDDA) /Drug Court:
This program is based on a statutory provision, which allows for suspension of a disposition. To qualify, the youth must be evaluated for chemical dependency utilizing ADAD/KSAD assessment tools. The youth will receive treatment for chemical dependency in lieu of a disposition of commitment or local sanctions (time spent in Detention). Assessment and treatment services are available through a contract with local providers. Drug court has been implemented for 25 youth through the CDDA program. This is a non-adversarial approach to reduce offense recidivism of non-violent chemically dependent or abusing youth by offering rehabilitation for chemical dependence or abuse recovery through assessment, education and treatment. The drug court team includes the judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, drug court coordinator (probation counselor) , and treatment staff, who all participate in regular review hearings. Initially, the youth reports to the judge weekly; the court appearances are reduced as a youth progresses in treatment. Incentives and sanctions are provided to the youth. Upon satisfactory completion of supervision and treatment, the charges are dismissed. If the youth does not comply with the program, they are adjudicated and placed on community supervision.