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Sobriety Court

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Phases

The program encompasses a mandatory twelve (12) month period of assessment, evaluation, treatment, and recovery, which comprises four (4) phases. Accountability by offenders is the motivating element throughout the phases of the program. The primary components and elements within the phases are highlighted in the following description. As each phase is successfully completed and fulfilled by the offender, he / she graduates into the succeeding period and signs a contract to attest to a continuing commitment in the program.
 

PHASE I: Orientation Duration 30 to 45 days

Offenders participate in orientation and meet with the Judge weekly. Additionally, the offender meets twice-weekly with treatment counselors and group therapy sessions (i.e. Alcohol Anonymous). The offender maintains close contact with a Compliance Manager on a weekly basis. Clinical assessments occur during this phase.

  • Weekly Court Appearances
  • Clinical assessment
  • Mental Health assessment
  • Case Management assessment
  • Compliance orientation and assessment  
  • Attendance at AA or support/sober network meetings (if ordered)
  • Participation in assigned individual and group support sessions
  • Minimum of one home visit prior to jail release by Compliance Manager and/or law enforcement representative (if applicable)
  • Submit to random alcohol/drug screens
  • Comply with any additional requirements recommended by the treatment provider
  • Application/assessment fee paid (if assessed)
  • Compliance fees current (if assessed)

PHASE II: Early Recovery Duration approximately 90   days

Offenders continue to meet with the Judge on a continuing basis and participate with treatment counselors and group therapy session at the same interval provided in Phase I. Weekly meetings with the Compliance Manager continue.

  • Compliance with all rules, regulations and recommendations of treatment.
  • Attendance at weekly court appearances
  • Attend scheduled bi-weekly meetings with Compliance Manager
  • Attendance at AA or support/sober network meetings (if ordered)
  • Submit random alcohol/drug screens (if ordered)
  • Enroll in DWI School
  • Obtain support/sober network sponsor
  • Maintain gainful employment or seek employment skills and opportunities (which may include full-time student status)
  • Random home visits by Compliance Manager and/or law enforcement representative
  • Establish payment plan for court costs and fines (if assessed)
  • Compliance fees current

PHASE III - Maintenance & Relapse Prevention - Duration approximately 115 days

Offenders continue to meet with the Judge on a continuing basis. The same level and frequency of meetings occurs with treatment counselors, group therapy sessions, and Compliance Manager. During this phase, a more individualized plan is developed, with aftercare support.

  • Compliance with all rules, regulations and recommendations of treatment.
  • Attendance at Court appearances as required
  • Attend scheduled bi-weekly meetings with Compliance Manager
  • Random home visits by Compliance Manager and/or law enforcement representative
  • Attendance at AA or support/sober network meetings per week
  • Submit random alcohol/drug screens
  • Maintain gainful employment or seek employment skills and opportunities (which may include full-time student status)
  • Continue to address medical and mental health issues (if applicable)
  • Begin and attend financial counseling (if ordered)
  • Participate in Victim Impact Panel
  • Compliance fees current (if assessed)

PHASE IV - Continuance of Care & Commencement - Duration approximately 115 days

The individualized plan is implemented, with decreasing frequency of treatment. An aftercare plan is formulated that will assist participants in reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence of similar behavior.

  • Compliance with all rules, regulations and recommendations of treatment.
  • Attendance at Court appearances as required
  • Attendance at scheduled monthly meetings with Compliance Manager.
  • Random home visits by Compliance Manager and/or law enforcement representative
  • Attendance at AA or support/sober network meetings per week
  • Submit random alcohol/drug screens
  • Maintain gainful employment or seek employment skills and opportunities (which may include full-time student status)
  • Pay of remaining fees, court costs and fines
  • Attend weekly Alumni group meeting.
  • Develop individualized relapse prevention plan.
  • Complete program exit interview.
  • Sobriety Court Commencement and graduation certificate.