Phase 1

Your child will be required to learn, maintain, and demonstrate the following skills and behaviors to move to Phase II. (Approximate time for your child to meet Phase II objectives is 12-weeks.)

Goal 1: Learn & Familiarize Yourself with the Drug Court Program

Read program orientation and phase requirements

  • Follow the dress code at Drug Court Hearings and activities, during all treatment appointments and groups
  • Assist your child in following the dress code at all of the described
  • Assist your child in using proper language at Drug Court Hearings and activities, during treatment appointments and groups, and when they are working at Community Restitution Service
  • Assist your child in their compliance with Drug Court, Probation, treatment, and Community Restitution Service rules

Goal 2: Take an Active Role in the Development of Your Child's Individualized Case Plan

  • Encourage your child to communicate, participate and cooperate positively in groups and follow instruction
  • Meet with counselors, your child and others identified to formulate a case plan
  • Be able to state why your child is in Drug Court and what you want for them and yourself to accomplish while in the program

Goal 3: Assist Your Child in Stopping His / Her Use of Drugs & Alcohol

  • By demonstrating positive drug free behaviors
  • Do not operate a motor vehicle; attend treatment, Drug Court Hearings or any activities while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Assist your child in avoiding proximity to alcohol and drugs (to include staying away from persons that are using or suspected of using)
  • Submit to drug testing as requested
  • Encourage and facilitate your child's compliance with drug testing
  • Your child is required on a daily basis to call or report to the JPO office as instructed for random drug testing referred to as urinalysis (UA) testing
  • Notify JPO (provide proof) of all medications your child takes, to include those prescribed by a doctor, vitamins and any over-the-counter medications
  • Encourage your child to complete all Individual and Group Recovery assignments
  • Attend Parent Groups, Family sessions, and or Multi-Family groups
  • Goal 4: Maintaining abstinence
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for his or her behavior
  • Familiarize yourself with the case plan objectives
  • Remind your child to work on the objectives identified in the case plan
  • Encourage your child to eat regular meals and to develop a healthy sleep routine

Goal 4: Learn & Implement Time Management Skills

  • Set a regular time to meet with your child weekly to complete the required weekly schedule: discuss the upcoming week, appointments, school, family engagements, etc., and reflect these on the schedule
  • Parental signature on the schedule is required
  • Make sure your child provides you with a copy of the final schedule each week
  • You or your child should notify JPO of any changes in the schedule
  • Be assured if the schedule is not turned in or is late, your child will be assigned an additional three hours of Community Restitution Service (CRS) or eight CRS hours for no schedule
  • Make prior arrangements for transportation for any and all appointments, school, Community Restitution Service, Drug Court Hearings and activities, and all scheduled treatment
  • Demonstrate positive time management skills by showing up on time for all appointments (court, treatment, school, and probation meetings)
  • Call JPO to notify if you or your child will be late or absent for any treatment or group, school, work, Community Restitution Service, Drug Court Hearings, and other Drug Court activities
  • Call counselor to notify if you or your child will be late or absent for any treatment appointments
  • Understand if your child does not follow the schedule he or she will be considered in violation

Goal 5: Take Responsibility for Behavior

  • Familiarize yourself with the rules for treatment, Community Restitution Service, school (to include school dress code), and your child's conditions of probation
  • Encourage your child to follow the rules in all treatment appointments, activities and groups, at school, at home, Community Restitution Service, during Drug Court Hearings, and activities
  • Encourage your child to comply with the conditions of probation
  • Insist that your child comply with your directives and the directives of JPO, Drug Court, and treatment staff
  • Encourage and assist your child in implementing the skills learned to modify problem areas
  • Hold your child accountable for his or her responsibilities
  • Do not cover or make excuses for your child's behavior
  • Report problems or negative behavior to JPO, and the Drug Court Judge

Goal 6: Satisfactory Progress in School and / or Work

  • Your child must be enrolled in an educational program within two weeks of entering Drug Court
  • Assist your child in attending school and/or work on time and as scheduled
  • Plan how and at what time the child will wake up
  • Assist them in practicing preparedness skills; i.e.: setting out clothing the night before, setting books and backpack in a specific location, leaving early enough to arrive on time
  • Establish good study practices. Set aside time for your child to do homework and check with them to see that work is completed
  • Visit with the school on a regular basis to check on your child's progress
  • Report school and/or work attendance and progress to the Drug Court Judge

Goal 7: Comply with Probation & Drug Court Requirements

  • Report any violations, problems, or negative behavior to JPO as directed
  • Follow all directives of Drug Court and JPO
  • Assist your child in following all directives of Drug Court and JPO
  • Your child must comply with the terms and conditions of probation. You must report any violations to JPO and the Drug Court in a timely manner
  • Report positive behavior and changes in your child to the team as well
  • Understand that any instructions, assignments, or directives given by Drug Court are Court Orders and must be complied with. Your failure to comply with Court Orders could result in the filing of an Order to Show Cause and/or sanctions from the Drug Court
  • You or your child must promptly notify JPO of any contact with any Law Enforcement agency
  • Report any changes in the schedule in advance
  • Assist your child in complying with the assigned curfew. Your child is on House Arrest while in Phase I

Goal 8: Practice Positive Communication Skills

  • Encourage your child to communicate without using profanity.
  • Assist your child in practicing listening skills at home
  • Let your child know when he/she is behaving appropriately
  • Demonstrate good communication by taking notes and asking for clarification when given instructions
  • Refrain from modeling negative communication, such as taunting, teasing, or threatening comments
  • Demonstrate positive communication and behavior
  • In Drug Court Hearings model proper courtroom etiquette by:
    • Addressing the Judge as "Sir", "Madam", or "your Honor"
    • Answering with "yes" or "no"
    • Not using slang or inappropriate language
    • Being prepared to discuss positive achievements
    • Practice appropriate courtroom behavior (sit properly, no speaking out of turn, no talking while the Judge is speaking, no whispering, no chewing gum, etc.)
    • Communicate as to reflect respect towards peers, Drug Court Team, JPO, and your child

Additional Responsibilities

In addition, your child must:

  • Provide a minimum or 12 consecutive clean UAs
  • Additional programming as ordered by the Drug Court such as 12-Step, SMART Recovery or other community-based support group, Youth Advocates, tutoring, etc., are required
  • Complete 24 hours of Drug Court Community Restitution Service
  • Submit an autobiographical sketch or outline and meet with a counselor once a month to discuss the outline
  • Demonstrate and maintain the level of expected behavior
  • Complete all pending sanction hours or consequences

When Phase I participants demonstrate to the Drug Court Team they have mastered and retained these skills and behaviors they are eligible to move to Phase II. At the completion of each phase, at a pre-determined staffing date and time, your child will be required to present to the Drug Court Team the following:

  • Why he or she believes they should progress to the next phase
  • Identify how he or she has demonstrated the skills and lessons learned in the phase
  • Be prepared to address comments or questions from the team on the previously discussed items

Parent(s) should be prepared to make statements regarding your child's progress and request for phase promotion. Note: Drug Court phases are earned, not given!

The participant and parent(s) will be excused from the staffing. The Drug Court Team will make a determination regarding Phase promotion. The determination will be announced during the Drug Court Hearing following the staffing.

Drug Court Policy When Participants Abscond

The standardized response is loss of phase status; the presumptive return to Phase I. Note: The length of time and the behavior of the participant and family during the absence will be considered and may warrant action other than loss of phase.

  • Absconds 1 to 14 days - Addressed through the local drug court team. Presumptive that the participant loses phase status and returns to Phase 1. The participant and parent have the right to address the team regarding why he/she should retain program phase status; the local team has the discretionary ability in the final determination.
  • Abscond 15 to 29 days - Upon return, the local drug court team meets with the participant and parent, should the participant appeal the return to Phase I status, the matter is then taken to the Drug Court Advisory Team. The determination of the Advisory Team is final.
  • Abscond 30 plus days - Results in automatic return to Phase I. There is no appeal process. The amended Phase I requirements are as follows: Complete 24-hours Community Restitution Hours; 12-consecutive clean UAs; House Arrest; Treatment-related materials and objectives as determined by Treatment Staff. The individual therapist will determine the appropriate materials to be revisited; and Updated Autobiography Outline/Rough Draft from the point of when the last Autobiography was turned in and approved, to present.