Drug Court and MCCC 5K set for Saturday


By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



Floyd County Drug Court was established in 2004.


PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Drug Court and Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Center will hold the inaugural Floyd County Drug Court “Taking It One Step at a Time” 5K on Saturday. Registration for the event is set for 8 a.m. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the downtown stage in Prestonsburg.

Drug court is an example of how Kentucky is winning the war against drugs. Instead of spending time in jail, eligible participants complete a substance abuse program supervised by a judge. It is a mission of Drug court to intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime by coordinating the efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement and mental health, social services and treatment providers. Today there is irrefutable evidence that Drug court is achieving what it set out to do, and that is to substantially reduce the drug use and criminal behavior in drug-addicted offenders.

Currently, the Floyd County Drug Court is working with three separate programs. District Court with Judge Eric Hall is for 15 months, Circuit Court with Judge Marcum is for 18 months and Veterans Court with Judge Harris is for 18 months and for individuals whom are veterans of the armed forces.

“Working with Drug Court is a wonderful experience because we get to know the participants and they stay in touch with us,” said Valarie Banks, Program Supervisor. “If for any reason they are struggling the majority of participants will come and tell us they are struggling and we work with them to get them back where they need to be.”

Floyd County Drug Court currently has 23 clients and is now accepting medically assisted treatment participants. Dr. Bill Fannin assist with medical assisted treatment with many participants taking advantage of the drug Vivitrol.

Although Floyd County Drug Court started in 2004, many people don’t know how the program works and the effort put forth by not only the staff, but the participants themselves.

Who is referred to Drug Court and what does Drug Court consist of?

Individuals eligible for Drug Court include: Defendants who are eligible for probation or Class D Diversion. Defendants who have violated current terms of probation related to substance-abuse issues. Defendants who can acknowledge drug addiction and be assessed as eligible on a Substance Abuse Clinical Assessment. Nonviolent offenders who have committed drug or drug-related crimes. Defendants who have not previously participated in a Drug Court program for adult offenders. Defendants who are willing to sign all Drug Court forms, agreements and waivers.

The Drug Court program consist of three phases. Individuals must successfully complete each phase before they can graduate from Drug Court. If for some reason a participant gets in trouble they may be pushed back a phase.

Phase 1: Stabilizing period usually lasts 4 – 6 weeks and includes:

– attend 1 court session weekly

– maintain court-approved full-time employment, training or education

– maintain court-approved housing

– begin arrangements for payment of court obligations

– make at least 1 weekly individual contact with Drug Court staff

– indicate an initial understanding of substance abuse treatment

– enroll and attend a self-help program, such as a 12-step program

– remain drug-free for at least 30 consecutive days before consideration for promotion to the next phase

Phase 2: Educational period usually lasts 8 months and includes:

– at least 2 random urine drug/alcohol screens weekly

– attend 2 counseling sessions per week

– attend 1 court session every two weeks

– maintain court-approved full-time employment, training or education

– maintain court-approved housing

– continue paying court obligations

– make at least 1 weekly individual contact with Drug Court staff

– continue to attend self-help programs, such as a 12-step program

– remain drug-free for the final 90 days consecutively before consideration for promotion to the next phase

Phase 3: Self-motivational period usually lasts 3 months and includes:

– at least 1 random urine drug/alcohol screens weekly

– attend 1 counseling session per week

– attend 1 court session every three weeks

– maintain court-approved full-time employment, training or education

– maintain court-approved housing

– continue paying court obligations

– make at least 1 weekly individual contact with Drug Court staff

– indicate an appropriate understanding of a recovery lifestyle

– continue to attend self-help programs, such as a 12-step program

– remain drug-free for the full 90 days consecutively of this phase for a total of 180 consecutive days for both Phases 2 and 3

In addition to these requirements, drug court staff also conducts employment, school and/or home visits. Individual program plans may also require domestic violence counseling, anger management counseling, mental health services, or other services the assessment and staff determines the participant needs.

Drug court is a program working to combat the drug abuse problem in Eastern Kentucky. The money raised by the 5K will go to scholarships directly for participants of the Lane House. Scholarships will provide funding for individuals seeking treatment, but lack the funds and other needs such as a driver’s license or government issued identification card.

The entry fee for the race is $25 day of the race and $15 for Floyd County Drug Court and MCCC employees. The first 100 participants to finish will receive a finisher medal. Special medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. A trophy for the top male and female of the overall race. T-shirts for the first 300 participants to sign up. Food, fun, fellowship and more will be available following the race. Dogs are also welcome at the race.

For more information, contact Kelly Baldridge at 606-791-5691, Beth Adkins at 606-424-5231 or Chasity Mitchell at 606-886-4404.

Floyd County Drug Court was established in 2004.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_newdrugcourt.jpgFloyd County Drug Court was established in 2004.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at asaddler@civitasmedia.com or 606-794-0290.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at asaddler@civitasmedia.com or 606-794-0290.

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