Originally referenced as “Drug Courts”, the 7th Judicial District was one of the first districts in Colorado to adopt this model which combines treatment and judicial supervision instead of a prison sentence. The goal of these programs is helping judicial involved individuals struggling with substance use disorder receive the treatment they need to engage their lives with a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. In addition, these programs have been shown effective in helping protect the public by reducing recidivism. Eligibility requirements vary somewhat across the district but are always based on written criteria driven by assessments of both treatment needs and criminal risk. Each PSC team is led by a judge or magistrate along with representatives from prosecution, defense, treatment, probation, and a coordinator. Individual teams may also include representatives from law enforcement, child welfare, drug testing, or other agencies who serve the PSC population.
Participation is voluntary. Although it is a sentencing option for the Court, the defendant must be willing to enter a program that includes:
- A term of probation – Duration will be for at least the minimum time required to complete the treatment program. The requirements for reporting range from weekly to monthly reporting in accordance with phase progress.
- Jail sentence – The 90-day jail sentence is suspended with days to be served only for severe or continuous compliance violations during the treatment program.
- The individual must pay all fees, fines, and costs assessed.
- Drug Therapy and Treatment – The program utilizes multiple treatment modalities with typical treatment including individual and group therapy. The individualized treatment plan can be amended based on individual’s level of need.
- Drug Testing – The individual must be drug free. This includes narcotic prescription medication, alcohol, and any OTC derivative products (like kratom or cbd). Any indication of drug use is considered a violation and will result in a response from the team.
- Other requirements include being employed or attending school, no contact with known drug users/suppliers, random home or employment visits by Probation Officer, curfews, and potential use of electronic home monitoring.
Drug Court Basic Eligibility:
- Defendant must recognize that they struggle with substance use.
- Defendant’s charges and criminal history must be related to substance use.
- Defendant must reside in the 7th Judicial District.
- Defendant must be eligible for probation or facing probation revocation.
The 7th Judicial District also has a Family Treatment Court in Delta. These are civil courts that do not require a sentence to probation. Instead, the focus is on helping the parent(s) recover from Substance Use Disorder while gaining the skills and supports to raise healthy children. These teams include attorneys who represent the parent(s) as well as child welfare workers and Guardians Ad Litem, attorneys who represent the best interests of the children whose parents are in the program.
Family Treatment Court Basic Criteria:
- Defendant has an active Dependency and Neglect (DNN) case.
- Child(ren) are at risk of being taken from home as result of a drug charge.
- Case worker referral.
- Defendant lives in 7th Judicial District.
For further information, contact Problem Solving Court Coordinator, (970) 252-4365 or email@example.com