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Recovery Court (Adult Drug Court)

Recovery Court is the 1st Judicial District’s Adult Drug Court and began in June of 2009. It is a 24 month program that addresses substance dependency and criminal behavior utilizing a collaborative problem solving court model. 

Click here to access the Recovery Court Program Handbook for an overview of the program and information on the team, phases, requirements, sanctions, incentives, and more!

Click here to access a Quick Program Review Sheet this highights important information to know before agreeing to a sentence to Recovery Court. 

Goals of Program

The goals of the 1st Judicial District Recovery Court are to:
1. Increase the use of a problem solving court alternative for non-violent substance dependent criminal defendants. 
2. To reduce cost to the criminal justice system.  
3. Decrease the cycling of substance dependent individuals in the criminal justice system by utilizing treatment versus incarceration.
4. Increase pro-social investment and engagement in participants’ lives to reduce unhealthy lifestyle choices. 
5. To promote public safety by reducing recidivism in drug court participants. 

Target Population and Program Eligibility

The 1st Judicial District County Recovery Court targets high risk, high need participants. These are person with significant histories of substance abuse and prior treatment and supervision failures who are at high risk for engaging in criminal behavior due to their chemical dependence. Participants must agree to discontinue all mood altering substances that are not prescribed by a physician and approved by the Recovery Court team. To be eligible for referral the offender must either be: 

  1.  Convicted of a new felony offense and in need of intensive substance abuse treatment; or
  2.  Under probation revocation from regular adult supervision for a felony offense.


Entry Process

Eligible offenders will be referred for screening by either the Court or the Investigating Probation Officer on a new felony case or by the supervising officer if under probation revocation.

1. Participant signs Recovery Court release of information.
2. Supervising or Investigating PO completes specialized programs screening form.
3. Probation submits Recovery Court screen to court coordinator and district attorney to be reviewed for eligiliblity.
4. Results from the eligibility review will be forwarded to the Court and probation.
5. The sentencing Judge can refer Participant to Division S to be sentenced to Recovery Court.
6. PO or Coordinator advises Participant of requirements and expectations of the Recovery Court  program and provides Recovery Court handbook to the Participant. 

For more information, contact coordinator, Russell Marsitto.
Phone (720)772-2689



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