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Defining Drug Courts

The Ten Key Components

Key Component #1:  Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.

Key Component #2:   Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.

Key Component #3:  Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program.

Key Component #4:  Drug Courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol and other drug related treatment and rehabilitation services.

Key Component #5:  Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.

Key Component #6:  A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participant’s compliance.

Key Component #7:  Ongoing judicial interaction with each drug court participant is essential.

Key Component #8:  Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.

Key component #9:  Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Drug Court planning, implementation, and operations.

Key Component #10:  Forging partnerships among Drug Courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances Drug court effectiveness.



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