May is National Drug Court Month, dedicated to shedding light on the high success rate of adult drug courts. In fact, drug courts are six times more likely to keep participants in treatment long enough for them to recover. Despite their effectiveness, many people are still not aware of drug courts or their purpose. If you want to help spread the word about these life-changing programs, here’s some information to guide your conversations.
National Drug Court Month
About Drug Courts
Drug courts take a problem-solving approach to help drug-offenders receive needed treatment. When released from jail, many participants tend to fall back into their old habits, committing the same crimes while under the influence of the same drugs. In order to help participants find freedom from their addictions, drug courts use: a collaborative approach that involves intensive treatment, case management, drug testing, supervision, and status hearings to assist in the road to recovery.
Addictions are complicated. Often, from drug or alcohol addictions can come mental health issues, child abuse, and divorce. Drug courts take a holistic approach to help participants turn their lives around by teaching them how to overcome common burdens related to addictions. Statistically, these programs work better than jail or prison and better than probation/treatment alone. (source)
An important aspect of drug courts is random and frequent drug testing. Typically, a drug court participant must provide eight or more urinalysis tests per month. Participants don’t know when to expect the tests, so they are not able to prepare beforehand. Each participant must call a toll-free number every day to see whether or not they have to give a sample.
Drug courts have numerous benefits. They reduce crime rates among individuals who are released from prison, restore families, keep our streets safe, and even save taxpayers money. Sharing statistics about the success rate of drug courts is a great way to rally even more supporters in honor of National Drug Court Month. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) gathered extensive research and found the following to be true:
- Drug courts reduce crime more than any other program. After reviewing scientific literature, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded that drug courts significantly reduce crime compared to the alternatives.
- According to a study about drug court supervision, the abuse of methamphetamine was reduced by more than 50 percent for clients in a drug court program compared to clients without drug court supervision
- Parents in a drug court program are more likely to attend and complete treatment.
- Reunification rates are 50 percent higher for drug court clients and their children.
- Drug courts save taxpayers money. Studies show that the average cost savings are $4,000–$12,000 per client.
Types of Treatment Courts
Several types of treatment courts exist because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for addiction. Here’s an overview of the different types of drug courts:
- Drug Court: For any person with a substance misuse problem who has entered the justice system.
- Juvenile Drug Court: For individuals not yet emancipated with substance misuse.
- Family Drug Courts: For parents identified with substance misuse and children in the home. This court works to provide children with a safe, stable living environment.
- DWI Courts: For repeat DWI offenders with addiction or severe alcohol abuse. This court works to identify the root cause of the problem to evoke a behavioral change.
- Veterans Courts: This court specializes in providing services to address the unique needs of veterans.
Tomo Drug Testing partners with treatment courts to create accurate, efficient, and cost-effective testing solutions customized for the unique needs of any judicial agency. We have experience working with Drug, DWI, Veterans, Mental Health, Family, Children’s Services, and similar adult and juvenile courts. For more information, give us a call today at 888-379-7697 or contact us online. We would be happy to help!