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MissionGoalsDrug Court TeamRulesIndividualized Service PlanTreatmentEmploymentAppointmentsDrug Court ReviewsDrug & Alcohol TestingPhase I - FoundationCriteria for advancement to Phase IIPhase II - EngagementCriteria for advancement to Phase IIIPhase III - MaintenanceCriteria for Advancement to Phase IVPhase IV - AftercareCriteria for GraduationGraduationDischargeIncentivesSanctionsContact Numbers

The mission of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Adult Drug Treatment Court is to improve our community through enhanced public safety by providing judicially supervised treatment to substance abusing offenders, thereby reducing the social and economic cost of criminal activity.


Drug Court Team
The Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court is a collaborative effort between the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Office, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of our program.

The Drug Court Team is comprised of a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, Parole and Probation representative, treatment representative, assessor, case managers, and a program administrator. This Team is responsible for providing the services and supervision necessary for you to successfully complete this program. The Drug Court Judge is responsible for making final decisions concerning your case.


Individualized Service Plan
The foundation of your participation in Drug Treatment Court is your Individualized Service Plan. Working with your Case Manager, you will develop a comprehensive plan to address the different factors that impact your recovery and success in the program. Your Individualized Service Plan will identify areas of your life such as addictions, mental health, physical health, employment, education, legal and family issues that may need attention. Your Individualized Service Plan will be designed to provide a specific course of action for you to take. Your Case Manager will assist you in finding resources to meet your individual needs.

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Drug Court Reviews

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Phase I - Foundation
This Phase shall be a minimum of 45 days. An initial meeting with a Drug Court Representative will provide you with an orientation and overview of the Drug Court Program. You will be assigned a Case Manager who will monitor your participation. Your problems and needs will be assessed and an Individualized Service Plan will be developed. As you show personal motivation, involvement and compliance with treatment, you will advance to the next phase.

During Phase I you will:

Criteria for advancement to Phase II

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Phase II - Engagement
The duration of this Phase will be determined by your progress in accomplishing the goals and objectives in your Individualized Service Plan. Your treatment plan will be followed and updated by you, your treatment provider, and your Case Manager on a regular basis. The counseling in this phase will focus on getting the tools to live a drug and alcohol-free life. You and the Drug Court Team will begin to actively address issues related to personal and family needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.

During Phase II you will:

Criteria for advancement to Phase III

Phase III - Maintenance
In Phase III your plan will be updated to reflect your progress, new treatment goals, and objectives for this phase. Counseling and meetings will focus on relapse prevention issues and will help you to identify ways to cope with stressful situations. You are encouraged to involve your family members in the recovery process.

During Phase III you will:

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Criteria for advancement to Phase IV

Phase IV - After Care
The main focus of this phase will be relapse prevention. You will remain abstinent from all drugs and alcohol. You will practice coping skills necessary in daily living. You are encouraged to maintain an independent life style and to continue the recovery process. The Drug Court Team will support you in the continued success as a productive member of society.

During the Aftercare Phase you will:

Criteria for graduation

Once you have successfully completed the criteria for each phase of the program you will be eligible for graduation.

Requirements for graduation:

The Drug Court Program is designed to last 12-18 months, but realize it is your behavior that will determine the actual duration.

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If you do not comply with the Adult Drug Treatment Court program rules, you will be discharged from the program as unsuccessful. After the Drug Court Team makes this decision, your Violation of Probation (VOP) charge will be reinstated.

Remember that your actions and your choices will determine your outcome. You fail only when you quit trying.

Incentives are rewards for making positive steps toward attaining a drug free, crime free lifestyle. The most powerful incentive is to have the case closed satisfactorily. You may receive incentives for achieving certain goals such as obtaining employment, educational attainment, paying child support, and rebuilding relationships with your family.

Incentives for compliance with program requirements include but are not limited to the following:

Abstinence, attendance, and no criminal activity are critical to your success in the program; therefore, there are consequences for continuing substance use, nonattendance, failure to comply, and misconduct. Sanctions will be imposed by the Drug Treatment Court Judge for failure to comply with requirements.

Sanctions for noncompliance with program requirements become more severe as the frequency and severity of inappropriate behavior increase, and include, but are not limited to the following:

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