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Drug Treatment Court

Drug Treatment Court is an accountability court designed to manage individuals with substance addiction by providing an alternative to the traditional justice system.  The Court Is designed to improve the health of our participants, not only by addressing the immediate symptoms of their addiction but also orienting participants to a new way of healthier living which can be continued for the rest of their life.

The Cobb County Drug Treatment Court offers two programs.  The regular track is an 18-24-month program, dealing with high-risk, high-need participants, while the Intermediate track is a 12-18-month program dealing with low-risk, low-need participants.  A participant may be placed in the intermediate track if they are determined to be a more appropriate candidate for that track after a risk and needs assessment is completed.  Information on that track will be provided to the participant at an appropriate time.

Our mission is to enhance public safety by targeting certain high-risk offenders for placement in an intensive program of treatment, judicial supervision, and individual accountability. 

Our goal is to reduce participant recidivism and enable participants to contribute to and function within the community.     

Judge Mary Staley Clark presides over the Drug Treatment Court in Cobb Superior Court.

Judge Kimberly Childs presides over the Intermediate Drug Treatment Court in Cobb Superior Court. 

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Benefits of the program

  • Less jail time 
  • Potential to have charges reduced or expunged 
  • Immediate access to affordable treatment 
  • Receive assistance with housing, employment, transportation, mental health treatment, and a variety of other services 
  • Drug Courts strengthen and restore families

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Drug Treatment Court office.

Porsha Middlebrook, Court Coordinator
(770) 528-1933
(770) 528-8588 (Fax)

Email the Drug Court Coordinator 

Admission

Eligibility Criteria Exclusion Criteria
17+ years of age Possession with intent charge (trafficking, manufacturing, or distribution)
Felony offense Unstable medical condition
Cobb County resident History of violent conduct
Offender must be Non-Violent Severe mental illness
Must voluntarily agree to participate in Drug Treatment Court Severe developmental deficiency
  Out of state warrants
  INS hold
   
   

Program Structure

There are 5 phases to the program with varying degrees of treatment, supervision and drug screening. All participants will be expected to be randomly drug screened at least 1-2 times per week. Each participant is financially responsible for a portion of his or her treatment and alcohol/drug testing at $30.00 per week.

The program is a minimum of 18 months and maintains the following time frame for treatment:

 

    Phase 1 Orientation: Minimum of 8 weeks

    Phase 2 Addiction Education: Minimum of 16 weeks

    Phase 3 Relapse Prevention: Minimum of 20 weeks

    Phase 4 Foundation Building: Minimum of 12 weeks

    Phase 5 Maintenance:  Minimum of 22 weeks


Each participant will be required to attend court sessions as follows:

Phase Court Schedule
1 Weekly
2 Weekly
3 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
4 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
5 1st Monday of the month

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