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Adult Drug Court

Overview 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:

  • Collaborative treatment planning, case management, and judicial decision-making;
  • Dedicated leadership and professional resources who are well-informed on the cycle of addiction and its consequences;
  • Positive reinforcement and rapid response to success;
  • Graduated sanctions as vital to the support and reinforcement of the adopted treatment interventions and to motivate compliance with the requirements of the program; and
  • Long-term treatment and sanctioning models that have a reasonable tolerance for relapse that is consistent with the recovery process.

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

  • Engage in substance abuse treatment;
  • Attend recovery meetings;
  • Appear for frequent status hearings;
  • Meet with a case manager on a regular basis; and
  • Reside in court-approved housing.

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.

Admission & Graduation Requirements

  • An adult resident of Montgomery County, Maryland;
  • Either:

  • Sanctioned and approved by the Office of the State’s Attorney for referral to the Drug Court Program as part of a binding plea agreement;
  • Or:

  • Referred as a condition of a violation of probation (VOP);
  • Non-Violent;
  • Assessed as a substance abuser; and
  • Fully capable of participating in Drug Court activities and programs.

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