Phase 2

Approximate time for your child to meet objectives is 12 weeks.

Your child will be required to continue with, demonstrate, and maintain, what was learned in Phase I, as well as the following Phase II requirements:

Goal 1: Take Active Role in Development of the Individualized Case Plan

  • You and your child will meet with the counselor, JPO, and any others identified to design a case plan and treatment goals within two weeks of entering Phase II
  • Practice the methods outlined in the case plan
  • Discuss with your child, counselor and the Drug Court Team, how to resolve problems that arise
  • Assist in raising your child's awareness of why they are in the Drug Court Program and what they need to accomplish to meet his/her treatment goals
  • Encourage your child to discuss issues with counselors and the Drug Court team
  • Praise your child as he or she makes progress on the goals established in the case plan

Goal 2: Begin to Develop Appropriate Relationships with Peers & the Drug Court Team

  • Encourage your child to discuss substance-related thoughts or cravings with you, treatment staff, or the Drug Court Team
  • Discourage your child from discussions that glorify drug or alcohol use and past drug-related activities
  • Do not allow your child to associate with persons that use drugs or alcohol
  • Model respectful communication for your child
  • Encourage your child to practice positive communication skills
  • Establish that you expect your child to communicate so as to reflect respect toward yourself, siblings, peers, and the Drug Court Team
  • If your child needs help, is discouraged or having problems, encourage him or her to ask for assistance
  • Encourage your child in scheduling activities with non-substance abusing peers (advance permission is required, the schedule should reflect all activities)

Goal 3: Accept Responsibility for Negative Behavior or Inappropriate Choices

  • Encourage your child to honestly report problems or negative behaviors to you, JPO, counselor, and the Drug Court Judge
  • Inform your child that you will honestly report problems or negative behaviors to JPO and the Drug Court Judge
  • Follow through on the above, by reporting problems or negative behaviors to JPO, and the Drug Court Team in a timely manner
  • If your child makes a wrong choice, or a violation occurs, encourage your child to admit to it, learn from it, and assist them in planning how to move forward
  • There are consequences for all actions, positive and negative. Assist him or her in following through on issued consequences, especially when they are struggling
  • Encourage your child to ask for assistance
  • You ask for assistance if necessary
  • Model positive assertive communication for your child
  • Let your child know when to practice positive assertive communication
  • Assist your child in learning and utilizing anger management skills

Goal 4: Explore New Ways to Socialize & Engage in Healthy Activities

  • Discourage your child from placing themselves where drugs and alcohol are present
  • Discourage your child from associating with negative persons or frequenting negative locations
  • Assist and support your child in developing positive recreation or physical activities
  • Assist your child in planning an activity (e.g., club membership, sport, etc.), that allows for positive social interaction and/or physical exercise
  • Discuss with your child, his or her interests and activities
  • Encourage your child to ask others for suggestions for activities
  • Encourage your child to try different activities (e.g., sports, bowling, church, youth advocates, physical training, reading, singing, hiking, collecting, writing, fishing, etc.)
  • Encourage your child to have an open mind and willingness to try new and different things
  • Praise your child when they have tried new things
  • The activity time and location should be written on the weekly schedule

Goal 5: Learn Skills to Maintain Sobriety & Abstinence

  • Your child is expected to provide ongoing clean urinalysis (UAs). (A missed UA will result in the UA count returning to zero. Based upon the case, a missed UA may result in the loss of days clean.)
  • Praise your child for clean UAs and remaining drug and alcohol-free
  • Let your child know that you appreciate his or her hard work in remaining drug and alcohol-free
  • Help your child in identifying a support person to contact when he or she is craving or thinking about drug or alcohol use
  • Offer your help or support if your child is having a rough day
  • Encourage your child to call others for help
  • Assist your child in avoiding negative contacts (such as people, places and activities related to poor choices)
  • Encourage your child to use the resources identified in the case plan
  • Provide healthy meals and assist your child in adhering to a consistent sleep schedule
  • Encourage your child to take medications as prescribed
  • Your child is required to complete all Individual and Group Recovery assignments, i.e.: Matrix Recovery Program Individual session handouts 7 through 11 and Matrix Relapse-prevention handouts 1 through 32 (Completed and approved by the assigned counselor)
  • Be assured that every relapse/use will be addressed

Additional Responsibilities

In addition to the previously discussed, your child must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 45-consecutive days functioning within the community (time spent in detention, La Canada, secure residential program, etc. does not count, time spent in the Children's Center or other community based residential program are reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
  • The 45-consecutive day count starts upon the date entering Phase II or reentry after time in detention, residential placement, leaving the county without permission, or absent without permission
  • Achieve a minimum of 30-days clean, current and consecutive to be considered eligible for Phase promotion
  • Demonstrate and maintain level of expected behavior
  • Complete autobiography: the autobiography must be submitted to and accepted by treatment staff
  • Present the Community Project outline to the Drug Court Team and Drug Court
  • Complete all pending sanction hours or consequences
  • Complete 24 hours Community Restitution Service
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in school and/or work
  • Comply with the terms and conditions of Probation and Drug Court
  • Comply with Phase II curfew: 6 am to 6 pm (except on JIPS)

When Phase II participants demonstrate to the Drug Court Team they have mastered and retained these skills and behaviors they are eligible to move to Phase III 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/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 item

Parent(s) should be prepared to make statements regarding your child's progress and request for phase promotion. Note: The 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.