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ADULT DRUG COURT
Location, Phone, Hours of Operation
Location: Montgomery County Circuit Court
South Tower Terrace Level, Rm T540
Phone: (240) 777-9141
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
 

Summary of the Adult Drug Court Program

The Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court is a comprehensive, voluntary treatment program for adult offenders suffering from drug and alcohol dependence. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism by providing intensive services and supervision to address substance dependence and criminal thinking.

The mission of the Adult Drug Court Program is to reduce addicted offenders’ criminal activity and thereby increase public safety by linking them with appropriate services. Success of the program is tied to the success of participants being able to sustain a crime-free and sober life. Adult Drug Court staff work with treatment providers, concerned community organizations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and correctional facilities to guide participants into making healthier lifestyle choices.

To promote the interests of the offender, and the community in which he/she lives, the Montgomery County Circuit Court Drug Court provides an alternative to traditional case processing and disposition that emphasizes the value of:

The Program is a minimum of 20 months and consists of 4 phases. All participants are required to:

Admission Criteria

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Referrals to Drug Court

Anyone is able to make a referral to the Montgomery County Adult Drug Court Program

If you would like to have a defendant evaluated for possible entry into the Drug Court Program, please contact the Problem Solving Courts Coordinator at 240-777-9141.

Adult Drug Court Referal Form

Additional information about the Adult Drug Court Program is available from:

Adult Drug Court: Participant Handbook

Drug Court Policies and Procedures Manual

Defendants must sign an Agreement to enter the Drug Court Program. In addition, Defendants must sign a Confidentiality Waiver:

Adult Drug Court Agreement


Graduation Requirements

To graduate, participants must:

Drug Courts operate on their own dockets at the Circuit Court. Court costs and fees are waived upon admission to the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Drug Courts?

A Drug Court can be defined as "a special court given the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-addicted offenders through an extensive supervision and treatment program (National Association of Drug Court Professionals , 2001). In Montgomery County, Drug Court is a collaborative partnership sponsored between the Montgomery County Circuit Court, other law enforcement agencies, the health treatment system, and program participants to end the cycle of addiction that leads to crime.

Through a multi-phased supervision program, criteria-eligible offenders are enrolled in the Drug Court by admitting to a violation of probation, or entering a guilty plea for any new charges and placed on probation that reflects  a special condition of successfully completing Drug Court. Through a combination of intensive treatment, case management, regular court appearances, drug and alcohol monitoring, job placement, and community participation, participants engage in a therapeutic process to end their abuse of alcohol and other addictive substances, and to avoid new entries into the criminal justice system. Through the effective intervention of the Drug Court Team, program participants can live as contributing, productive members of their communities.

Why develop a Drug Court? What problems does a Drug Court address?

The Drug Treatment Court Commission was established in October 2003 pursuant to the order of Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
The problems associated with substance-dependent offenders are familiar to every criminal justice practitioner, health treatment professional, and many of our own citizens. High rates of re-arrest, fragmented approaches to treatment, a focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation for non-compliant probationers, and a lack of capacity for rapid response to conditions that might interrupt the process of recovery, contribute to a well-documented “revolving door” that returns these offenders to the Court for subsequent offenses.
The Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court Program has adopted a model with a focus on collaboration and team decision making that reflects the therapeutic and supervision needs of each program participant to address the following problems:

(* U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Juvenile Drug Courts: Strategies in Practice, March, 2003.)

For more information, contact the Maryland Office of Problem Solving Courts.

How is the program structured?

The Montgomery County Circuit Court Drug Court is a post-sentencing program for individuals charged with a new offense and/or violation of probation as a result of substance abuse.

Offenders who enter the Drug Court Program are placed on probation with special conditions that support the goals of recovery and rehabilitation. Placed under the supervision of the Drug Court Program, enrollees consent to participate in a structured, four-phase program that involves:

Once enrolled in the Program, Drug Court participants will be subject to all conditions of probation recommended by the Drug Court Team and approved by the Drug Court Judge.
The Adult Drug Court operates in a team setting. The Team consists of the:

The Drug Court Team reviews cases weekly in preparation for the weekly Drug Court sessions. During these meetings, Team members review the progress of each participant in the program and make recommendations to the judge on how best to meet the needs of offenders enrolled in the program.

Can Drug Court participants be terminated from the program after enrollment?

Yes. Enrollment and participation in the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court is an opportunity for an offender to overcome his/her dependence on drugs and/or alcohol. Through successful completion of the Drug Court Program, offenders are given the opportunity to maintain sobriety and avoid future criminal activity. Offenders may be disqualified from program entry, continuation, or graduation if it is in the interests of the community and/or the credibility of the Drug Court Program to do so. Although it is difficult to identify every circumstance that may lead to program disqualification, examples include:

How else do Drug Courts differ from traditional courts?

Drug Courts are offender-focused habilitation models that recognize the powerful influence of substance abuse as a driver of behavior. Recognizing that recovery from addiction is vital to community safety and individual accountability, the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court leverages several tools to support participants as they move toward recovery:

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