Phase 3

Approximate time for participants to meet objectives is 12 weeks. Your child will be required to continue with, and maintain what was learned in Phase I and Phase II and, as well as:

Goals 1: Life Skills

  • You and your child will meet with a counselor, JPO, and any others to design a case plan and treatment goals within two weeks of entering Phase II
  • Assist your child in being responsible in maintaining their schedule
  • Assist your child in responsibly making and keeping appointments, activities, etc
  • Require your child to maintaining a clean and organized environment
  • Encourage your child to be on time and organized for work and/or school (i.e., not calling in sick when they are not, or unexcused absences, promptly calling if sick or unable to attend, etc.)
  • In Phase III your child is a role model for lower phase participants
  • Encourage your child to present him or herself in an appropriate manner, dress, and language usage
  • Praise your child for appropriate manners, dress, and language usage
  • Be a role model, demonstrate proper manners and behaviors for your child
  • Praise your child when he or she is a positive role model, demonstrating positive manners and behaviors to lower phase participants
  • You should also be a role model for the lower phase parents

Goal 2: Relapse Prevention

  • Review and assist your child in updating the relapse prevention plan
  • Assist your child in attending two 12-Step, SMART Recovery or other community-based support group as available
  • Encourage your child to continue working with their support person when he or she is craving or thinking of using alcohol, drugs, or any mood altering substance
  • Your child is required to provide ongoing clean urinalysis (UAs)
  • Encourage your child to actively engage in positive activities
  • Help your child in identifying triggers and warning signs about use
  • Encourage your child to engage in healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise routines
  • Your child is required to lead a group as approved by Treatment Staff (i.e., Drug Court peers, parent or multi-family group)
  • Assist your child in developing a post-graduation Success Plan

Goal 3: Responsibility & Trust Building

  • Let your child know when you have trust and confidence in them
  • Encourage your child to practice truthful communication
  • Participate in discussions with your child regarding his or her plans or ideas
  • Encourage your child to continue to ask for help, support, time, or attention when needed
  • Let your child know when he or she demonstrates reliable behavior (e.g., showing up on time, completion of tasks, etc.)
  • Encourage your child to participate in treatment
  • Praise your child for making positive choices and decisions
  • Encourage and assist your child in problem-solving with a variety of learned skills
  • Let your child know that he or she can get something without acting out
  • Acknowledge your child's feelings, needs, and thoughts
  • Praise your child when he or she demonstrates awareness of the feelings, needs, and priorities of others
  • Encourage and support your child for demonstrating progress on education and vocational goals
  • Continue contacting school personnel to monitor your child's accomplishments

Goal 4: Leadership & Life Skill Building

Leadership Skill Building

  • Discuss with your child that as a role model for lower phase participants he or she needs to follow the dress code and group rules
  • Encourage your child to be a positive role model and/or mentor
  • Praise your child when they demonstrate positive role model skills
  • Praise your child when he or she appropriately interacts with others (e.g., participants, siblings, family, school personnel, Drug Court Team, etc.)
  • Give appropriate feedback
  • Encourage your child to lead meetings or groups
  • Encourage your child to assist other participants in problem-solving
  • Acknowledge when your child demonstrates awareness for the feelings, needs, and priorities of others
  • Praise and acknowledge when your child demonstrates respect toward other family members, participants, property belonging to others, office buildings, and public places

Life Skill Building

  • Praise your child when he or she demonstrates effective time management skills
  • Assist your child in making continued progress in school or job training
  • Acknowledge when your child demonstrates respect for the family, Drug Court Team, school personnel, and others
  • Assist your child in developing employment skills (e.g., job search, applications, interviews, etc.)
  • Praise your child when they demonstrate positive decision making and follow through on those decisions
  • Assist your child in enhancing their relationship skills
  • Encourage your child to practice anger management skills and reduce the frequency of arguments
  • Encourage your child to engage in drug and alcohol-free activities and social relationships
  • Encourage your child to continue to obey the law and comply with Drug Court and the terms and conditions of probation

Additional Responsibilities

In addition to the previously discussed, your child must:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 60-consecutive days drug and alcohol-free
  • The 60-consecutive day count begins from the date entering Phase III. The count starts again upon return to the community following time in detention, leaving the county without permission, or being absent without permission.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 60-consecutive days functioning within the community (time spent in detention, La Canada, secure residential programs, 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)
  • Complete the Community Volunteer Project
  • Complete a written Community Volunteer Project Report and submit to JPO or Program Coordinator for approval
  • Present his or her completed Community Volunteer Project in a Drug Court Hearing
  • Lead a group as approved by Treatment Staff
  • Complete all pending sanction hours or consequences
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in school and/or work
  • Comply with Phase III curfew: 6 am to 8 pm weekdays, 6 to 10 pm weekends (prior permission is needed if on JIPS)

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

  • Why he or she believes they should graduate from Drug Court
  • 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 program graduation. Note: The Drug Court phases are earned, not given!

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