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The Drug Court program is a court supervised, intensive treatment concept available only to the non-violent offender.
Before an individual is accepted into the program, they must submit to both a legal and clinical screening. The legal screening involves a thorough research of the individual's rap sheets and details of all prior arrests. The clinical assessment is done through the use of an ASI (Addiction Severity Index). This will determine whether or not there is a substance abuse addiction that would merit the need for treatment.
The length of the Drug Court program is approximately 18-months with a continuum of care including substance abuse counseling, cognitive therapy, and judicial supervision progressing through four phases. This time table, however, is varied depending on the individual's motivation and attitude toward sobriety. In addition, the program provides case management functions to assist with educational needs, employment opportunities 24-hour alcohol monitoring and other ancillary services. Additionally, each participant must attend multiple self help meetings weekly. Monthly fees are required of all participants.
The drug court team meets weekly to staff each participant. Such things as rewards, sanctions, probation concerns, treatment progress, etc. are all part of the drug court team discussions. The team recommendations are then brought before the judges each week prior to each court hearing.
The Drug Court is a voluntary intensive program which requires a total commitment from every participant. Upon successful completion of the program, the participant is eligible to apply to have the conviction expunged from their record in accordance with La.R.S. 13:5304.
The Drug Court program has a one-time application fee of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) which is due upon the participant's acceptance into the program. In addition to the application fee, there is a Two Hundred Dollar ($200.00) probation fee due each month from the participant for the duration of the program.
Payments may be made in office by money order or major credit card, debit card or pre-paid debit card. Payments may also be made on-line 24 hour per day by major credit card, debit card or pre-paid debit card through GovPayNet. Cardholders pay a fee for payments by credit card, debit card or pre-paid debit card.
NOTE: Incidental charges for program materials as well as drug testing confirmations may apply.
The Intensive Probation Drug Court is a probation program of the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District dedicated to the intervention, treatment and recovery of non-violent offenders.
The Drug Court is a voluntary, deferred sentence program with a committed team approach. The team is comprised of drug court judges, prosecutors. defense counsel, probation officers, treatment professionals and administrative personnel. The goal of the team is to work cooperatively to ensure offenders the opportunity to become productive members of the community through sober and responsible living: thereby, avoiding incarceration, enhancing public safety and reducing recidivism.
Achievement of this goal has been shown to result in substantial savings both in terms of money and lives saved.
|Deputy Judicial Administrator||John H. Andressen||365-2058|
||Kristen M. Becnel||365-2060|
|Program Supervisor||Tracey Mussall||365-2061|
|Administrative Assistant||Hope W. Thibodeaux||365-2066|
|Case Manager||Vincent Lamia||365-2072|
|Case Manager||Gilbert Battiste||365-2062|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker||Doreen Fowler||364-3580|
|Probation Coordinator||Kevin Theriot||365-2068|
|Probation Coordinator||Jacquelyn Green||365-2063|
|Account Officer||Angela Raines||364-2857|
802 2nd Street
Gretna, LA 70053
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Judges of the 24th Judicial District Court
Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office
24th Judicial District Public Defender Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana