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The Cobb County Drug Treatment Court offers two programs. The regular track is an 18-month program, dealing with high-risk, high-need participants, while the Intermediate track is a 12-month program dealing with low-risk, low- need participants; both of which handles non-violent felony substance abuse cases through intensive supervision, drug treatment and rehabilitation. A rigorous program that holds its participants fully accountable for their own actions, the Cobb County Drug Treatment Court requires a great commitment from its participants to attend frequent meetings, hearings and routine testing. This program offers offenders a unique opportunity to have their charges dismissed or avoid prison time when they successfully meet program requirements.  Twelve step meetings are required for both programs.

The Cobb County Drug Treatment Court strives to reduce substance abuse, crime, and recidivism by providing intensive supervision, treatment, and judicial guidance for alcohol and/or chemically dependent individuals. The purpose of the treatment program is to integrate substance abuse treatment with the justice system, for the promotion of public safety, individual responsibility, citizenship, and reduction of recidivism.

Participant Forms

Participant Handbooks:  Handbooks can be accessed through the District Attorney's website here.  Look under the Accountability Court Forms Section.  

  • Adult Drug Treatment Court Participant Handbook 
  • Intermediate Drug Court Participant Handbook 
     
  • Participant Drug Screen Line
    (678)261-5869
    Drug Screen Line
  • Meeting Sheet
  • Letter to Physician
  • Community Service Time Record
  • Change of Employment
  • Public Service Request

Contact Us

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

Adrienne Bowen, Drug Treatment Court Coordinator
(770) 528-8567
(770) 528-8588 (Fax)
[email protected]

 

Admission

Screening is conducted in the early stages of Drug Treatment Court and typically precedes assessment and other diagnostic activities.

After the Defense Attorney completes all necessary documents required by the program and files a petition, he or she reviews the case to decide if the prospective participant meets predetermined eligibility requirements.

The District Attorney then refers the candidate to the Drug Treatment Court Coordinator for further screening. The Drug Treatment Court Coordinator uses assessment tools to complete the screening process.

After the screening is completed, the entire Drug Treatment Court team uses information gathered during screening to vote on admission of the candidate to the program.

Eligibility Criteria Exclusion Criteria
17+ years of age Possession with intent charge (trafficking, manufacturing, or distribution)
Felony offense Current parole status
Cobb County resident History of violent conduct
Possession of illegal substance or drug driven charge Severe mental illness
Prescription forger charge Unstable medical condition
Must voluntarily agree to participate in Drug Treatment Court program Out of state warrants
  Severe developmental deficiency
  INS hold
  Previously terminated from Drug Treatment Court

Program Requirements

Each participant will be required to attend AA/NA meetings, in addition to the treatment sessions.

A 12-step meeting schedule is as follows:

Phase Meetings per Week
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3

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

Participant Fees

Each participant is financially responsible for a portion, if not all, of his or her treatment.

The program cost is $30 per week. Each participant is expected to be gainfully employed or in school full-time.

Each Participant is financially responsible for a portion, if not all, of their treatment through Participant fees. The total cost for the regular 18 month program is $2,340.00.  The total cost for the Intermediate program is $1,950.00.   The cost of program includes all court fees, treatment and drug screens.

Participants must pay fees by cash, certified check, or money order weekly to the accounting division of the clerk's office. No personal checks are accepted. Failure to pay fees may result in sanctions. A database will be kept that tracks all payments made by Participants, and their current balances due.

If the Participant faces problems with meeting financial obligations, it is the Participant's responsibility to notify their Case Manager who then reports this issue to the Drug Treatment Court Team for discussion. All Participant fees must be paid in full before eligible for graduation from the program.

Treatment

The Drug Treatment Court continues its cooperative effort by contracting with CSB (Cobb and Douglas Community Service Board ). CSB provides all treatment, groups, detox, drug screens, and therapy for the Cobb County Drug Treatment Court.

Information gathered during screening and assessment allows us, in cooperation with CSB , to develop the appropriate individualized treatment plan for each participant.

There are 5 phases to the program with varying degrees of supervision and drug screening.

Regular Track 

Phase Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

4:00-5:30pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30pm

6:00-7:30 pm

   
2

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

     
3

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

 

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

4:00-5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm

   
4  

6:00-7:30 pm

 

6:00-7:30 pm

   
5     6:00-7:30 pm      

Intermediate Track 

Phase Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 5:00-6:00 pm 5:00-6:00 pm 5:00-6:00 pm      
2   6:00-7:00 pm 6:00-7:00 pm      
3   6:00-7:00 pm 6:00-7:00 pm      
4       5:00-6:00 pm    

 

Court Phases

Phase I: Orientation

Approximately 8 weeks/ 5 treatment group meetings/ 3 12-step meeting or related a week

Phase I is a stabilization phase that allows each Participant to learn the basics of the treatment program, rules and requirements, etiquette, treatment planning, psychiatric evaluation, nursing assessments, 12-step or related introduction/ meeting attendance, sponsor, home group, etc. In order to monitor the participant's progress, he or she attends court weekly and must obtain at least 2-3 random drug screens per week.

Phase II: Addiction Education

Approximately 16 weeks/ 4 treatment group meetings/ 2 12-step or related meetings a week

As a foundation of this phase, intensive outpatient treatment groups consist of both didactic and educational groups. The participant attends court weekly and obtains at least two random drug screens per week. Family participation is also required in this phase. Participants must complete Phase I and other assignments.

Phase III: Relapse Prevention

Approximately 20 weeks / 3 group meetings/ 3 12-step or related meetings a week

Phase III is founded on Relapse Prevention techniques. Participants continue to participate in didactic groups with a combination of psychotherapy. The participant attends court twice a month, and obtains at least two random drug screens per week. Phase II, Phase III Relapse Prevention Plan and other assignments are required to be completed before transition to the next phase.

Phase IV: Foundation Building

Approximately 12 weeks/ 2 group meetings/ 3 12-step or related meetings a week

Specialized groups provide the structure of this phase allowing character building. The participant attends court twice a month, and obtains at least one random drug screen per week. This phase is founded on the improvement of interpersonal skills. Participants will also be matched up with a Phase I participant of the same gender to mentor. Phase III, Phase IV and an autobiography are required to be completed before transition to the next phase.

Phase V: Maintenance

Approximately 22 weeks/ group meetings as ordered by the court

No treatment is required during this phase. The last phase not only offers the participant support in returning back into the environment, but also encourages him or her to take responsibility of his/ her life. The participant attends court monthly, and obtains at least one random drug screen per week. The participant is required to complete ten hours weekly at an approved community service site.

Graduation

Near the end of Phase V, the participant will complete an application for graduation, and turn it into the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Coordinator to be reviewed and approved by the DTC team.

When participants successfully meet all DTC obligations, formal graduation ceremonies are conducted. Successful completion of the DTC program consists of the following conditions.

Conditions Include:

  • Pay all program fees
  • Completion of all treatment requirements
  • Complete all required 12-step meetings
  • Be crime free
  • 6 months of sobriety and negative drug screens
  • Full-time employment or student

Graduation recognizes the participant's accomplishments. The DTC team, all DTC interveners, and even the arresting officers are invited to the graduation. This ceremony is an excellent example of what cooperation between criminal justice agencies can achieve. Graduates may be presented with a certificate of achievement and a token of congratulations. Post graduation activities include an alumni association, and aftercare plans.

No later than one week prior to the completion of the program, participants will schedule and complete an exit interview with the DTC program office. A Participant who successfully completes the DTC program as a diversion case will have his or her sentencing nolle prosequi. A participant who successfully completes the DTC program as part of a sentence, will have the prison part of the sentence suspended, and then serve the balance of their time on probation.

While graduates no longer need to appear in court, they will be encouraged to be involved with aftercare, and occasionally update the Judge and DTC team of their success in the community.

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