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Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice accredits three Colorado treatment courts

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court recently accredited three of Colorado’s problem solving treatment courts for implementing outstanding evidence-based and proven effective practices.  The courts accredited include the 8th Judicial District DUI Recovery Court, the 17th Judicial District Adult Drug Court and the Ray Combest Adult Drug Court in Garfield County.  The Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee’s accreditation recommendations were approved by Chief Justice Nancy Rice on Aug. 18, 2017.

“All of those involved in these problem solving courts are to be commended for their hard work and diligence in researching, developing and implementing what we know to be the best court practices,” Chief Justice Rice said. “Colorado has been very progressive in the adoption of a variety of problem solving courts. I am confident more of these courts will be accredited in the near future.”

The 17th Judicial District Adult Drug Court was started in 2011 and is presided over by Adams County Court Judge Leroy Kirby. The program currently has 51 participants, and has had 24 graduates. The court is committed to an integrated and collaborative effort of treatment, accountability, and rehabilitation of drug-dependent offenders which will ensure community safety and create healthy individuals and families while reducing costs and recidivism.

The 8th Judicial District DUI Recovery Court was started in 2010 and is presided over by Larimer County Magistrate Matthew Zehe. The program currently has 28 participants, and has seen 72 graduates. The court’s mission is to provide a positive, multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of repeat DUI offenders. The goals of the 8th Judicial District DUI Recovery Court are to reduce recidivism of those otherwise likely to offend, to promote offender accountability, and to improve the safety of the community at a reduced cost.

The Ray Combest Adult Drug Court in Garfield County was started in 2001 and is presided over by District Court Judge John Neiley. The court’s mission is to promote community safety and reduce recidivism through long-term sobriety by providing individualized, effective, and affordable treatment and other resources as appropriate; the program uses best practices shown to deliver quality and effective outcomes while also acting as an alternative to long-term incarceration. Since 2008 the court has had 42 graduates. Currently there are 7 participants in this rural program.

The significance of the accreditation means the court has proven a demonstrated fidelity to evidence-based and proven effective practices, and that its work is true to the fundamental practices for problem solving courts as outlined in the Colorado Problem Solving Court Standards for Adult Criminal Drug Courts and Colorado Problem Solving Court Standards for DUI Courts.

To pursue accreditation, a program submits an application to the Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee for review. After submission, the Advisory Committee may pursue a site visit to the program, or additional information may be requested from the applicant. Following a review of the application and a site visit, the Committee votes on whether to recommend accreditation. If accreditation is recommended, the recommendation is sent to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court for approval. Once approved by the Chief Justice, the accreditation lasts for 5 years, with subsequent re-accreditation every three years thereafter. 

Nearly 80 problem solving courts are in operation around Colorado including adult and juvenile drug courts, family treatment drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts, and truancy courts. For more information on problem solving courts, or to review the description of the accreditation program or the accreditation application, readers can visit www.coloradoproblemsolvingcourts.org

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